\ ˈkirk How to pronounce kirk (audio) , ˈkərk How to pronounce kirk (audio) \

Definition of kirk

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

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an elder of the Kirk left Edinburgh early in the morning for St. John's Kirk in Perth

First Known Use of kirk

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kirk

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

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The first known use of kirk was before the 12th century

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“Kirk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kirk

: the national church of Scotland

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