Church-of-england definition

The national church of England, established in 1534 by Henry VIII's rejection of papal authority. The Church of England retains a liturgy and episcopal structure adapted from those of the Roman Catholic Church.
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(proper) The episcopal church of England; Anglican Church: it is an established church with the sovereign as its head, formed when Henry VIII broke with the papacy in the 16th cent.
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The established Christian Church in England, and the mother church of the Anglican Community. Abbreviated as C of E.
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