Definition of church in English:

church

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Pronunciation: /tʃəːtʃ
 
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noun

1A building used for public Christian worship: the church was largely rebuilt at the end of the 15th century some people go to church every Sunday after church we went to a restaurant [in names]: St Luke’s Church
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  • In addition, I was privileged to preach in several other churches in the Manila area.
  • The bells of Catholic and Protestant churches rang out across Germany at noon.
  • Two practices important to Christian worship usually take place in churches.
Synonyms
house of God, the Lord's house, house of prayer; Scottish & Northern Englishkirk
1.1 (Church) A particular Christian organization with its own clergy, buildings, and distinctive doctrines: the Church of England
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  • The Religious Society of Friends and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland declined to join.
  • An example would be An Australian Prayer Book, which is used in the Anglican Church.
  • Let me be a force for you in my life, my Church, my Community, my City, and my Country!
Synonyms
denomination, sect, creed; faith
1.2 (the Church) The hierarchy of clergy within a particular Christian Church: Isobel would enter the Church as a deacon
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  • There is no place in the life of the Church or the Christian for such participation.
  • The Church has to set an example to the public by healing such an internal conflict without sacrificing lives.
  • The Church has no choice but to act - and to be be seen to act - in such circumstances.
1.3 [mass noun] Institutionalized religion as a political or social force: the separation of church and state
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  • Freedom of religion and separation of church and state are not the same things.
  • Many evangelical Protestants also want to erode the separation of church and state.
  • After savage wars the European conflict was resolved by a separation of church and state.

verb

[with object] archaic Back to top  
Take (a woman who has recently given birth) to church for a service of thanksgiving.
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  • The presence of these four additional women, all with candles, alongside Mary's human spouse, suggests a connection to the churching ritual, observed by husbands and wives in fifteenth-century Arras.
  • A group of married women might go together after a christening or a churching.
  • The rite of churching (originally purification, later just thanksgiving), unenforced but very popular, symbolically marked the end of lying-in.

Origin

Old English cir(i)ce, cyr(i)ce, related to Dutch kerk and German Kirche, based on medieval Greek kurikon, from Greek kuriakon (dōma) 'Lord's (house)', from kurios 'master or lord'. Compare with kirk.

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