kirk

[ kurk; Scot. kirk ]
/ kɜrk; Scot. kɪrk /
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noun

Chiefly Scot. and North England. a church.
the Kirk, the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), as distinguished from the Church of England or the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Nearby words

  1. kirigami,
  2. kirilenko,
  3. kirin,
  4. kirinyaga,
  5. kiritimati,
  6. kirk session,
  7. kirk, grayson louis,
  8. kirkby,
  9. kirkcaldy,
  10. kirkcudbright

Origin of kirk

1150–1200; Middle English (north and Scots) < Old Norse kirkja church

Related formskirk·like, adjective

Kirk

[ kurk ]
/ kɜrk /

noun

Grayson (Louis),1903–1997, U.S. educator: president of Columbia University 1953–68.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for kirk

kirk

/ (kɜːk, Scottish kɪrk) /

noun

a Scot word for church
a Scottish church

Word Origin for kirk

C12: from Old Norse kirkja, from Old English cirice church

Kirk

1
/ (kɜːk, Scottish kɪrk) /

noun

the Kirk informal the Presbyterian Church of Scotland

Kirk

2
/ (kɜːk) /

noun

Norman. 1923–74, prime minister of New Zealand (1972–74)
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Word Origin and History for kirk

kirk

n.

c.1200, northern England and Scottish dialectal form of church, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kirkja "church," from Old English cirice (see church).

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