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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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 After Father Wentczuk told parishioners he might be moved, dozens of churchgoers stormed the bishop’s office carrying a roll of wallpaper signed by most of the church’s several hundred regulars. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "‘We Gave Him a Chance’: Mercy for Abusive Priests Divides Church," 22 Feb. 2019 During Palm Sunday services, churchgoers are given palm crosses that are supposed to be kept until the next year. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Christian Holiday," 13 Feb. 2019 Police detained him and other churchgoers over both events this year. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Detained Chinese Pastor: Xi’s God-Like Status ‘Incompatible With the Christian Faith’," 10 Dec. 2018 Judging from the sheaf of letters and cards that Rev. Pierre Vignon is clutching in his soft, plump hands, his uprising has divided churchgoers. John Leicester, Fox News, "In France, rebel priest takes on church bosses on sex abuse," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of churchgoer

1598, in the meaning defined above

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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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