church·​go·​er | \ ˈchərch-ˌgō-ər How to pronounce churchgoer (audio) \

Definition of churchgoer

: one who habitually attends church

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churchgoing \ ˈchərch-​ˌgō-​iŋ How to pronounce churchgoing (audio) , -​ˌgȯ(-​)iŋ \ adjective or noun

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The post was discovered in the wake of the killing of nine black churchgoers by a white supremacist. Richard Winton,, "CHP chief investigated over transphobic Facebook post about Caitlyn Jenner," 4 June 2019 Changes in who protect students and schools Two private Christian schools and a church were given the go-ahead to create their own police forces to protect students and churchgoers., "Here are the changes Alabama lawmakers made to schools this year," 22 June 2019 Ever since then, in response to each mass shooting, pro-gun pundits, politicians, and social media users parrot some version of the slogan, followed by calls to arm the teachers, arm the churchgoers, or arm the office workers. Susanna Lee, Quartz, "How the ‘good guy with a gun’ became a deadly American fantasy," 7 June 2019 Nixon was also a regular churchgoer, faithfully attending Tuesday Bible studies and Sunday Mass with her family. CBS News, "Memorial services begin for 12 victims of Virginia Beach shooting," 6 June 2019 This year, things kick off on Wednesday, March 16, when churchgoers head to their local congregations to observe Ash Wednesday. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's How the Date of Easter Is Determined Each Year," 22 Feb. 2019 One churchgoer also died dead and another one was wounded. Washington Post, "Police kill 4 gunmen who raided Orthodox church in Chechnya," 19 May 2018 It was passed down from my grandmother, an avid churchgoer. Bailey Gaddis, Woman's Day, "Why I Leave the Christ Out of Christmas," 9 Dec. 2015 In a nearby chapel, the pageant’s blaring pop songs mixed with the steady rhythm of churchgoers reciting the rosary. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of churchgoer

1598, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jul 2019

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The first known use of churchgoer was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of churchgoer

: someone who regularly goes to church

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