1. The act of assembling.
2. A body of assembled people or things; a gathering.
a. A group of people gathered for religious worship.
b. The members of a specific religious group who regularly worship at a church or synagogue.
4. Roman Catholic Church
a. A religious institute in which only simple vows, not solemn vows, are taken.
b. A division of the Curia.
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