lit·​ur·​gy | \ ˈli-tər-jē How to pronounce liturgy (audio) \
plural liturgies

Definition of liturgy

1 often capitalized : a eucharistic rite
2 : a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship a baptismal liturgy
3 : a customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances

Examples of liturgy in a Sentence

studying the liturgies of different religions He was studying Christian liturgy.
Recent Examples on the Web The Catholic Church’s liturgy wars are about the most essential truths of the Gospel. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 29 July 2022 The church incorporates Indigenous language and customs in liturgy, and both were on display during the event, with folk songs and drums and providing the backdrop to the pope’s visit. Peter Smith,, 25 July 2022 Similarly, the artistic concept of mixing the Jewish liturgy with Arab music is also a phenomenon with long roots in the real world. New York Times, 23 July 2022 The pool jump followed the Senior Farewell Liturgy, another cherished tradition at Notre Dame that marks the last all-Upper School liturgy of the school year. Courtney Mcgee, Baltimore Sun, 1 June 2022 In Bucharest, the Romanian capital, dozens of Ukrainian refugees as well as Romanian faithful came to the Brancusi Parish Church for the Easter liturgy, and to hear a choir sing religious songs in Ukrainian. Justin Spike, ajc, 24 Apr. 2022 The Shamrock Club Choir will sing the liturgy and the Shamrock Club Color Guard will stand as honor guard for the Mass. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2022 The Old Believers are big on old liturgy and ritual, but it’s dogma invested with intense mystery. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 26 Feb. 2022 Indigenous to modern Iraq, the Assyrian Church of the East is the easternmost branch of apostolic Christianity—conservator of the world’s oldest eucharistic liturgy and guardian of the Aramaic language of Christ. Robert Nicholson, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'liturgy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of liturgy

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for liturgy

Late Latin liturgia, from Greek leitourgia public service, from Greek (Attic) leïton public building (from Greek laos — Attic leōs — people) + -ourgia -urgy

Learn More About liturgy

Time Traveler for liturgy

Time Traveler

The first known use of liturgy was in 1560

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near liturgy




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for liturgy

Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Liturgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for liturgy


lit·​ur·​gy | \ ˈli-tər-jē How to pronounce liturgy (audio) \
plural liturgies

Kids Definition of liturgy

: a religious rite or body of rites

Other Words from liturgy

liturgical \ lə-​ˈtər-​ji-​kəl \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on liturgy

Nglish: Translation of liturgy for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of liturgy for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about liturgy


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!