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church

[ church ]
/ tʃɜrtʃ /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Origin of church

before 900; Middle English chir(i)che,Old English cir(i)ce ≪ Greek kȳri(a)kón (dôma) the Lord's (house), neuter of kȳriakós of the master, equivalent to kȳ́ri(os) master (kŷr(os) power + -ios noun suffix) + -akos, variant of -ikos-ic; akin to Dutch kerk,German Kirche,Old Norse kirkja.See kirk

OTHER WORDS FROM church

an·ti·church, adjectivenon·church, nounpro·church, adjective

Other definitions for church (2 of 2)

Church
[ church ]
/ tʃɜrtʃ /

noun
Frederick Edwin, 1826–1900, U.S. painter.
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British Dictionary definitions for church (1 of 2)

church
/ (tʃɜːtʃ) /

noun
verb (tr)
Church of England to bring (someone, esp a woman after childbirth) to church for special ceremonies
US to impose church discipline upon

Word Origin for church

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

British Dictionary definitions for church (2 of 2)

Church
/ (tʃɜːtʃ) /

noun
Charlotte. born 1986, Welsh soprano, who made her name with the album Voice of an Angel (1998) when she was 12
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for church

church

A group of Christians (see also Christian); 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with church

church

see poor as a churchmouse.

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