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kirk

[kurk; Scot. kirk] /kɜrk; Scot. kɪrk/
noun
1.
Chiefly Scot. and North England. a church.
2.
the Kirk, the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), as distinguished from the Church of England or the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Origin of kirk
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English (north and Scots) < Old Norse kirkja church
Related forms
kirklike, adjective

Kirk

[kurk] /kɜrk/
noun
1.
Grayson (Louis) 1903–1997, U.S. educator: president of Columbia University 1953–68.
2.
a male given name.
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  • Finally he suggested that if Timmins was "no stuck on his Methodisticals," he might join the kirk.

  • Suffice it that I have helped to lessen kirk's horse by four of his rogues.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He was walking to kirk Michael to visit the old Deemster, who was ill.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • It was to quiet him that she consented to sleep as often as might be at kirk o' Field.

  • Boys to meet the carriage by kirk Christ Lezayre at seven o'clock smart.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for kirk

kirk

/kɜːk; Scottish kɪrk/
noun
1.
a Scot word for church
2.
a Scottish church
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse kirkja, from Old English ciricechurch

Kirk1

/kɜːk; Scottish kɪrk/
noun
1.
(informal) the Kirk, the Presbyterian Church of Scotland

Kirk2

/kɜːk/
noun
1.
Norman. 1923–74, prime minister of New Zealand (1972–74)
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Word Origin and History for kirk
n.

c.1200, northern England and Scottish dialectal form of church, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kirkja "church," from Old English cirice (see church).

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