- 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.
Origin of mother church
Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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Examples from the Web for mother church
And how could he explain the yearning of his heart for the great heart of the Mother-church?Audrey Craven
All the Mother-Church's vast powers are concentrated in that Board.
The profits go semi-annually to the Treasurer of the Mother-Church.
Whereas, she is in manifest reality the Mother-Church herself.
In 1294 the Florentines determined to rebuild their mother-church upon a scale of unexampled grandeur.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3
John Addington Symonds