established church


a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation.

Nearby words

  1. est,
  2. est.,
  3. estab.,
  4. establish,
  5. established,
  6. establishment,
  7. establishmentarian,
  8. estafette,
  9. estaing, d',
  10. estamene

Origin of established church

First recorded in 1650–60

Also called state church. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for established church

Established Church


a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp the Church of England
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Culture definitions for established church

established church

A religious denomination that receives financial and other support from the government, often to the exclusion of support for other denominations. (See under “World Literature, Philosophy, and Religion.”)

A church supported by the government as a national institution. The Church of England is an established church in England, as is the Lutheran Church in the countries of Scandinavia and the Presbyterian Church in Scotland.

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