- church suffering,
- church text,
- church triumphant,
- church visible,
- church, frederick edwin,
- churchill falls,
- churchill reservoir,
- churchill, john
verb (used with object)
Origin of church
Examples from the Web for churched
Why don't you go and get churched decently, if you love her?The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
He had christened my son and churched my wife in our own house as before noticed.The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)|John Evelyn
It is believed by Roman Catholics, that all mothers, after their confinement, are to be churched by some Romish priest or bishop.Popery! As it Was and as it Is|William Hogan
A lawful wife was churched, after her lying-in; which ceremony was performed in the choir, near the elevated part.Lachesis Lapponica|Carl von Linn
The eldest boy suggests that they shall all go to some church: they be christened and she be churched.
Word Origin for church
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.
"to bring or lead to church," mid-14c., from church (n.). Related: Churched.
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.
see poor as a churchmouse.