church

[church]

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. chupatti,
  2. chuppah,
  3. chuquisaca,
  4. chur,
  5. churban,
  6. church army,
  7. church book,
  8. church calendar,
  9. church commissioners,
  10. church council

Origin of church

before 900; Middle English chir(i)che, Old English cir(i)ceGreek 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

Related formsan·ti·church, adjectivenon·church, nounpro·church, adjective

Church

[church]

noun

Frederick Edwin,1826–1900, U.S. painter.
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British Dictionary definitions for church

church

noun

a building designed for public forms of worship, esp Christian worship
an occasion of public worship
the clergy as distinguished from the laity
(usually capital) institutionalized forms of religion as a political or social forceconflict between Church and State
(usually capital) the collective body of all Christians
(often capital) a particular Christian denomination or group of Christian believers
(often capital) the Christian religion
(in Britain) the practices or doctrines of the Church of England and similar denominationsCompare chapel (def. 4b) Related adjective: ecclesiastical

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

Church

noun

Charlotte. born 1986, Welsh soprano, who made her name with the album Voice of an Angel (1998) when she was 12
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Word Origin and History for church
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Culture 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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Idioms and Phrases with church

church

see poor as a churchmouse.

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