Church meaning

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To conduct a church service for, especially to perform a religious service for (a woman after childbirth).
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The clerical profession; clergy.
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Public divine worship in a church; a religious service.

Goes to church at Christmas and Easter.

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Ecclesiastical power as distinguished from the secular.

The separation of church and state.

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The ecclesiastical government of a particular religious group, or its power, as opposed to secular government.
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The profession of the clergy; clerical profession.
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A building for public, especially Christian worship.
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Of or relating to the church; ecclesiastical.
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A group of worshipers; congregation.
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To bring (esp. a woman after childbirth) to church for special services.
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Having to do with organized Christian worship.
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Of or connected with a church.
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(person) 1826-1900; U.S. landscape painter.
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(countable) A Christian house of worship; a building where religious services take place. [from 9th c.]

There is a lovely little church in the valley.

This building used to be a church before being converted into a library.

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Christians collectively seen as a single spiritual community; Christianity. [from 9th c.]

These worshippers make up the Church of Christ.

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(countable) A local group of people who follow the same Christian religious beliefs, local or general. [from 9th c.]
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(countable) A particular denomination of Christianity. [from 9th c.]

The Church of England separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1534.

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(uncountable, countable, as bare noun) Christian worship held at a church; service. [from 10th c.]
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A (non-Christian) religion; a religious group. [from 16th c.]

She goes to a Wiccan church down the road.

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(now historical) To conduct a religious service for (a woman) after childbirth. [from 15th c.]
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To educate someone religiously, as in in a church.
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A surname​.
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(used with "the") A specific church (Christian religious denomination), such as the Church of England or the Catholic Church.
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The definition of church is a religious institution of worship, or is the building where religious worship takes place.

An example of church is the Christian church.

An example of church is where a religious service regularly takes place.

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A building set apart or consecrated for public worship, esp. one for Christian worship.
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Religious service or public worship, esp. among Christians.
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Origin of church

  • Middle English chirche from Old English cirice ultimately from Medieval Greek kūrikon from Late Greek kūriakon (dōma) the Lord's (house) neuter of Greek kūriakos of the lord from kūrios lord keuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English chirche, from Old English ċiriċe (“church”), from Proto-Germanic *kirikǭ, an early borrowing of Ancient Greek κυριακόν (kuriakon), neuter form of κυριακός (kuriakos, “belonging to the lord”), from κύριος (kurios, “ruler, lord”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱēw-, *ḱwā- (“to swell, spread out, be strong, prevail”).

    From Wiktionary