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[church-woo m-uh n] /ˈtʃɜrtʃˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural churchwomen.
a female member, adherent, or active supporter of a church.
Origin of churchwoman
First recorded in 1715-25; church + woman Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Fancy had good references; she was a churchwoman; she had been confirmed by Sarum himself.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell
  • The mother, a churchwoman, had prayers put up at several churches, and at Mr. Wesley's chapel.

    Historical Mysteries Andrew Lang
  • I can never be grateful enough that you have had her so well instructed, and brought up a churchwoman.

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I understand Mrs Irving is not a churchwoman, and she may be in real need, as the family is in straitened circumstances.

    An Ambitious Man Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Rosalind had been a churchwoman (high) for nine months some six years ago, just after planchette and just before flag days.

    Dangerous Ages

    Rose Macaulay
  • There is not a churchwoman here but will stand her ground against these folks, for the honour of the Establishment.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
British Dictionary definitions for churchwoman


noun (pl) -women
a female practising member of a church
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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