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Church

[church] /tʃɜrtʃ/
noun
1.
Frederick Edwin, 1826–1900, U.S. painter.
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British Dictionary definitions for frederick church

Church

/tʃɜːtʃ/
noun
1.
Charlotte. born 1986, Welsh soprano, who made her name with the album Voice of an Angel (1998) when she was 12

church

/tʃɜːtʃ/
noun
1.
a building designed for public forms of worship, esp Christian worship
2.
an occasion of public worship
3.
the clergy as distinguished from the laity
4.
(usually capital) institutionalized forms of religion as a political or social force: conflict between Church and State
5.
(usually capital) the collective body of all Christians
6.
(often capital) a particular Christian denomination or group of Christian believers
7.
(often capital) the Christian religion
8.
(in Britain) the practices or doctrines of the Church of England and similar denominations Compare chapel (sense 4b) related adjective ecclesiastical
verb (transitive)
9.
(Church of England) to bring (someone, esp a woman after childbirth) to church for special ceremonies
10.
(US) to impose church discipline upon
Word Origin
Old English cirice, from Late Greek kurikon, from Greek kuriakon (dōma) the Lord's (house), from kuriakos of the master, from kurios master, from kuros power
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Word Origin and History for frederick church

church

n.

Old English cirice, circe "church, public place of worship; Christians collectively," from West Germanic *kirika (cf. Old Saxon kirika, Old Norse kirkja, Old Frisian zerke, Middle Dutch kerke, Dutch kerk, Old High German kirihha, German Kirche), probably [see note in OED] from Greek kyriake (oikia), kyriakon doma "Lord's (house)," from kyrios "ruler, lord," from PIE root *keue- "to swell" ("swollen," hence "strong, powerful"); see cumulus. Phonetic spelling from c.1200, established by 16c. For vowel evolution, see bury. As an adjective from 1570s.

Greek kyriakon (adj.) "of the Lord" was used of houses of Christian worship since c.300, especially in the East, though it was less common in this sense than ekklesia or basilike. An example of the direct Greek-to-Germanic progress of many Christian words, via the Goths; it probably was used by West Germanic people in their pre-Christian period.

Also picked up by Slavic, probably via Germanic (e.g. Old Church Slavonic criky, Russian cerkov). Finnish kirkko, Estonian kirrik are from Scandinavian. Romance and Celtic languages use variants of Latin ecclesia (e.g. French église, 11c.).

Church-bell was in late Old English. Church-goer is from 1680s. Church key is early 14c.; slang use for "can or bottle opener" is by 1954, probably originally U.S. college student slang. Church-mouse, proverbial in many languages for its poverty, is 1731 in English.

v.

"to bring or lead to church," mid-14c., from church (n.). Related: Churched.

church

v.

"to bring or lead to church," mid-14c., from church (n.). Related: Churched.

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church definition


A group of Christians; church is a biblical word for “assembly.” It can mean any of the following: (1) All Christians, living and dead. (See saints.) (2) All Christians living in the world. (3) One of the large divisions or denominations of Christianity, such as the Eastern Orthodox Church, Methodist Church, or Roman Catholic Church. (4) An individual congregation of Christians meeting in one building; also the building itself.

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