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mother church

noun
  1. a church from which other churches have had their origin or derived their authority.
  2. a cathedral or a metropolitan church.
  3. the church attended in one's youth or for the greater part of one's life.
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Origin of mother church

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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Examples from the Web for mother church

Historical Examples

  • And how could he explain the yearning of his heart for the great heart of the Mother-church?

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • All the Mother-Church's vast powers are concentrated in that Board.

    Christian Science

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The profits go semi-annually to the Treasurer of the Mother-Church.

    Christian Science

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Whereas, she is in manifest reality the Mother-Church herself.

    Christian Science

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • In 1294 the Florentines determined to rebuild their mother-church upon a scale of unexampled grandeur.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds