[church-woo m-uh n]

noun, plural church·wom·en.

a female member, adherent, or active supporter of a church.

Origin of churchwoman

First recorded in 1715–25; church + woman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for churchwoman

Historical Examples of churchwoman

  • Fancy had good references; she was a Churchwoman; she had been confirmed by Sarum himself.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • The mother, a Churchwoman, had prayers put up at several churches, and at Mr. Wesley's chapel.

  • I can never be grateful enough that you have had her so well instructed, and brought up a churchwoman.

  • I understand Mrs Irving is not a churchwoman, and she may be in real need, as the family is in straitened circumstances.

    An Ambitious Man

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Rosalind had been a churchwoman (high) for nine months some six years ago, just after planchette and just before flag days.

    Dangerous Ages

    Rose Macaulay

British Dictionary definitions for churchwoman


noun plural -women

a female practising member of a church
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