[ church-lee ]
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  1. of or appropriate for the church or a church; ecclesiastical: churchly vestments.

Origin of churchly

before 900; Old English ciriclīc, equivalent to ciricechurch + -līc-ly

Other words from churchly

  • church·li·ness, noun
  • un·church·ly, adjective

Words Nearby churchly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use churchly in a sentence

  • It has a very churchly look, and if the steeple were at the other end, it would be equally orthodox.

  • Another churchly memory at Aoste is a tablet inscribed with the particulars of the flight of Calvin from his refuge here in 1541.

  • Between his attendance to churchly duties and that of the Honorable Heman Atkins there was a great gulf fixed.

    Cy Whittaker's Place | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And this, mark you, though I was still unshriven, and he had never named the churchly rite to me.

    The Master of Appleby | Francis Lynde
  • She lived in an old-fashioned part of an old city, and her family was churchly and conscientious.

    The Gay Cockade | Temple Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for churchly


/ (ˈtʃɜːtʃlɪ) /

  1. appropriate to, associated with, or suggestive of church life and customs

Derived forms of churchly

  • churchliness, noun

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