church·​go·​er ˈchərch-ˌgō-ər How to pronounce churchgoer (audio)
: one who habitually attends church
ˈchərch-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce churchgoer (audio)
adjective or noun

Examples of churchgoer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An Idaho teenager was arrested and accused of planning to kill churchgoers during services across his hometown in the name of the Islamic State group, authorities have said. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 9 Apr. 2024 Haley gained national recognition for her response to a racist 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston that killed nine Black churchgoers. Jeongyoon Han, NPR, 6 Mar. 2024 One of the defining moments of Haley’s governorship came in 2015, when a White supremacist gunman killed nine Black churchgoers at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME church. Cnn Com Wire Service, Orange County Register, 6 Mar. 2024 More than 40 percent of Black churchgoers also meditate daily or weekly. Essence, 28 Mar. 2024 The message evangelical leaders give churchgoers during a presidential campaign is a valuable key to understanding where the evangelical voting bloc is headed. Lourdes Hurtado, NBC News, 11 Mar. 2024 Some Black churchgoers have lost faith in Biden Black voters are credited with helping Biden win Michigan in 2020, thanks in large part to churches and other organizations who mobilized their members. Rachel Treisman, NPR, 28 Feb. 2024 Walking down the main road, bustling with churchgoers and food vendors, on a recent Sunday afternoon, Mr. Rojas ticks off some of the unspoken rules of the very recent past. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Feb. 2024 In the summer of 2022, a second young Immanuel churchgoer stepped forward and accused Miller of abuse. Frank E. Lockwood,, 10 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of churchgoer was in 1598

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“Churchgoer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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