Origin of established church
British Dictionary definitions for established church
Culture definitions for established church (1 of 2)
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.”)
Culture definitions for established church (2 of 2)
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.