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noun
  1. (sometimes initial capital letters) a church free from state control.Compare established church.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letters) a dissenting or nonconforming church.
  3. (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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British Dictionary definitions for free church

Free Church

noun
  1. mainly British
    1. any Protestant Church, esp the Presbyterian, other than the Established Church
    2. (as modifier)Free-Church attitudes
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