churchgoer

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

Definition of churchgoer

: one who habitually attends church

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Other Words from churchgoer

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

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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 Coffin, like many ministers, vehemently opposed the Vietnam War, but many ordinary churchgoers supported it. David Mislin, Smithsonian, "How Vietnam War Protests Accelerated the Rise of the Christian Right," 3 May 2018 Dylann Roof, convicted of the 2015 slaying of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, had posted a 2,000-word racist rant and posed in photos with firearms and the Confederate flag. Lisa Marie Pane, The Seattle Times, "Online rants by would-be shooters create dilemma for police," 30 Oct. 2018 The churchgoers were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, where two are in serious condition, said Rose Mureshyankwano. Ignatius Ssuuna, Fox News, "Lightning strike kills 16 people, injures 140 at church in Rwanda," 11 Mar. 2018 Or that many Chinatown churchgoers fake their faith in order to help their political asylum applications? Leslie T. Chang, New York Times, "Hustling in Flushing: A Chinese Immigrant Couple Struggles to Decode Life in Queens," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of churchgoer

1598, in the meaning defined above

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churchgoer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of churchgoer

: someone who regularly goes to church

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