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kirk

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noun \ˈkirk, ˈkərk\

Simple Definition of kirk

  • the Kirk : the national church of Scotland

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kirk

  1. 1 chiefly Scottish :  church

  2. 2 capitalized :  the national church of Scotland as distinguished from the Church of England or the Episcopal Church in Scotland

Examples of kirk in a sentence

  1. an elder of the Kirk

  2. <left Edinburgh early in the morning for St. John's Kirk in Perth>



Origin and Etymology of kirk

Middle English (northern dialect), from Old Norse kirkja, from Old English cirice — more at church


First Known Use: 12th century

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