Definition of collegiate church in English:

collegiate church

Line breaks: col|le¦gi|ate church

noun

1A church endowed for a chapter of canons but without a bishop’s see.
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  • The canons of the thirteen collegiate churches of his diocese were idle, or quarrelsome, or ignorant, or drunken, or lecherous, or all of the above; in his struggles to reform them, he had to invoke the help of the papal nuncio.
  • Often they tended vineyards adjacent to those of their bishops; collegiate churches could be founded elsewhere in the diocese as well, and they also acquired their own vineyards.
  • On his return he became a Catholic priest and then became a canon in the Gothic collegiate church at St Quentin back in his home region of Picardy.
1.1US & Scottish A church or group of churches established under two or more pastors.

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