(sometimes initial capital letters) a church free from state control.Compare established church.
(sometimes initial capital letters) a dissenting or nonconforming church.
(initial capital letters) Also Free Kirk. (in Scotland) the church established by those who left the Church of Scotland in 1843.
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Origin of free church
An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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- any Protestant Church, esp the Presbyterian, other than the Established Church
- (as modifier)Free-Church attitudes
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