mother church

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. mothball,
  2. mothballs,
  3. mother,
  4. mother carey's chicken,
  5. mother cell,
  6. mother city,
  7. mother country,
  8. mother cyst,
  9. mother earth,
  10. mother figure

Origin of mother church

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325

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