Etymology
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catechumen (n.)

"new convert (to Christianity)," late 14c., cathecumine, catekumeling, from Church Latin catechumenus, from Greek katekhoumenos "one being instructed," passive present participle of katekhein "to teach orally" (see catechesis).

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Definitions of catechumen

catechumen (n.)
a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist;
Synonyms: neophyte
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