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mother church

a church from which other churches have had their origin or derived their authority.
a cathedral or a metropolitan church.
the church attended in one's youth or for the greater part of one's life.
Origin of mother church
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I am thinking of the curse that mother church has put upon this house.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Your name is not your own until mother church has put it properly upon you.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • The mother church of Penzance is that of Madron a short distance away.

    The Cornish Riviera Sidney Heath
  • In 1895 the way opened for him to enter the service of his mother church.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • One of the oldest, if not the mother church in Linn county, is that at Lisbon.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • All the Yucatecans will gladly join in a jest at the expense of mother church.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • Nay, what would become of the infallibility of mother church herself?

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock

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