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[church-goh-er] /ˈtʃɜrtʃˌgoʊ ər/
a person who goes to church, especially habitually.
Chiefly British. a member of the Established Church, in contrast to a Nonconformist.
Origin of churchgoer
First recorded in 1600-90; church + go1 + -er1
Related forms
churchgoing, noun
nonchurchgoer, noun
nonchurchgoing, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And when we came to live here, we got out of the habit of churchgoing.

  • churchgoing was, as I have said, no part of his regular life.

  • We must try by our own example to make her see that churchgoing does make us feel better.

    A City Schoolgirl May Baldwin
  • Eva may well say that churchgoing does not seem to make people better.

    A City Schoolgirl May Baldwin
  • The churchgoing habits of clergy and people on other days than Sundays and holy days are not so easily arrived at.

  • churchgoing was regarded as something that ought to be a national institution, and as such should be kept up.

    The Passion for Life Joseph Hocking
  • I trust he is not one of those who think that a churchgoing on their wedding-day is once too often, he said, frankly admiring her.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • The customary expedient of provincial girls and men in such circumstances is churchgoing.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • Your praying is useless, and your churchgoing mere mockery of God, if you have not plain obedience in you enough for this.

British Dictionary definitions for churchgoing


a person who attends church regularly
an adherent of an established Church in contrast to a Nonconformist
Derived Forms
churchgoing, noun, adjective
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