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church

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noun \ˈchərch\

Simple Definition of church

  • : a building that is used for Christian religious services

  • : religious services held in a church

  • : a particular Christian group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of church

  1. 1 :  a building for public and especially Christian worship

  2. 2 :  the clergy or officialdom of a religious body

  3. 3 often capitalized :  a body or organization of religious believers: as a :  the whole body of Christians b :  denomination <the Presbyterian church> c :  congregation

  4. 4 :  a public divine worship <goes to church every Sunday>

  5. 5 :  the clerical profession <considered the church as a possible career>

Examples of church in a sentence

  1. This is the oldest church in town.

  2. They would like to be married in a church.

  3. I didn't see you at church last Sunday.

  4. He is a member of the Catholic Church.

  5. What church do you belong to?

  6. the church's attitude toward divorce

  7. the separation of church and state



Origin and Etymology of church

Middle English chirche, from Old English cirice, ultimately from Late Greek kyriakon, from Greek, neuter of kyriakos of the lord, from kyrios lord, master; akin to Sanskrit śūra hero, warrior


First Known Use: before 12th century

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church

adjective

Definition of church

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a church <church government>

  2. 2 chiefly British :  of or relating to the established church



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of church

before 12th century


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church

verb

Definition of church

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bring to church to receive one of its rites



14th Century

First Known Use of church

14th century

Rhymes with church


Church

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biographical name \ˈchərch\

Definition of Church

  1. Frederic Edwin 1826–1900 Am. painter



Rhymes with church



CHURCH Defined for Kids

church

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noun \ˈchərch\

Definition of church for Students

  1. 1 :  a building for public worship and especially Christian worship

  2. 2 often cap :  an organized body of religious believers <What church do you belong to?>

  3. 3 :  public worship <I'm going to church.>





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