What does Church mean?

Definitions for Church
tʃɜrtʃChurch

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Church.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. church, Christian church(noun)

    one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship

  2. church, church building(noun)

    a place for public (especially Christian) worship

    "the church was empty"

  3. church service, church(noun)

    a service conducted in a house of worship

    "don't be late for church"

  4. church(verb)

    the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church

    "our church is hosting a picnic next week"

  5. church(verb)

    perform a special church rite or service for

    "church a woman after childbirth"

Wiktionary

  1. church(Noun)

    A Christian house of worship; a building where religious services take place.

  2. church(Noun)

    A Christian religious organization, local or general.

  3. church(Noun)

    A group of people who follow the same Christian religious beliefs, local or general.

    These worshippers comprise the Church of Christ.

  4. church(Noun)

    Religious service held at a church.

    She wanted to be married in church.

  5. church(Noun)

    A time of public worship; a worship service.

  6. church(Verb)

    To conduct a religious service for (a woman) after childbirth.

  7. church(Verb)

    To educate someone religiously, as in in a church.

  8. Church(ProperNoun)

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: used with preceding the.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Church(noun)

    a building set apart for Christian worship

    Etymology: [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power, might; akin to Skr. ra hero, Zend. ura strong, OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]

  2. Church(noun)

    a Jewish or heathen temple

    Etymology: [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power, might; akin to Skr. ra hero, Zend. ura strong, OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]

  3. Church(noun)

    a formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together

    Etymology: [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power, might; akin to Skr. ra hero, Zend. ura strong, OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]

  4. Church(noun)

    a body of Christian believers, holding the same creed, observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman Catholic church; the Presbyterian church

    Etymology: [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power, might; akin to Skr. ra hero, Zend. ura strong, OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]

  5. Church(noun)

    the collective body of Christians

    Etymology: [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power, might; akin to Skr. ra hero, Zend. ura strong, OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]

  6. Church(noun)

    any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm

    Etymology: [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power, might; akin to Skr. ra hero, Zend. ura strong, OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]

  7. Church(noun)

    the aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil

    Etymology: [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power, might; akin to Skr. ra hero, Zend. ura strong, OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]

  8. Church(verb)

    to bless according to a prescribed form, or to unite with in publicly returning thanks in church, as after deliverance from the dangers of childbirth; as, the churching of women

    Etymology: [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power, might; akin to Skr. ra hero, Zend. ura strong, OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]

Freebase

  1. Church

    A church building, often simply called a church, is a building used for religious activities, particularly worship services. The term in its architectural sense is most often used by Christians to refer to their religious buildings but can be used by other religions. In traditional Christian architecture, the church is often arranged in the shape of a Christian cross. When viewed from plan view the longest part of a cross is represented by the aisle and the junction of the cross is located at the altar area. Towers or domes are often added with the intention of directing the eye of the viewer towards the heavens and inspiring church visitors. Modern church buildings have a variety of architectural styles and layouts; many buildings that were designed for other purposes have now been converted for church use; and, similarly, many original church buildings have been put to other uses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Church

    church, n. a house set apart for Christian worship: the whole body of Christians: the clergy: any particular sect or denomination of Christians: any body professing a common creed, not necessarily Christian.—v.t. to perform with any one the giving of thanks in church, more esp. of a woman after childbirth, or of a newly-married couple on first appearing at church after marriage.—ns. Church′-ale, a strong ale brewed for a church festival: the festival at which the ale was drunk; Church′-bench (Shak.), a seat in the porch of a church; Church′-court, a court for deciding ecclesiastical causes, a presbytery, synod, or general assembly; Church′-gō′ing, the act of going to church, esp. habitually; Church′ing, the first appearance of a woman in church after childbirth; Church′ism, adherence to the forms or principles of some church.—adj. Church′less, not belonging to a church: (Tennyson) without church approval.—ns. Church′man, a clergyman or ecclesiastic: a member or upholder of the established church; Church′-rate, an assessment for the sustentation of the fabric, &c., of the parish church; Church′-serv′ice, the form of religious service followed in a church, order of public worship, a book containing such; Church′-text, a thin and tall form of black-letter print; Churchwar′den, an officer who represents the interests of a parish or church: a long clay-pipe; Church′way, the public way or road that leads to the church; Church′woman, a female member of the Anglican Church.—adj. Church′y, obtrusively devoted to the church.—n. Church′yard, the burial-ground round a church.—Church history, the description of the course of development through which the church as a whole, as well as its special departments and various institutions, has passed, from the time of its foundation down to our own day; Church militant, the church on earth in its struggle against evil; Church triumphant, the portion of the church which has overcome and left this world.—Visible and Invisible church (see Visible). [A.S. circe (Scot, kirk; Ger. kirche)—Gr. kyriakon, belonging to the Lord—Kyrios, the Lord.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. church

    A place where the Anointed of the Lord palm themselves off on one another. 2. A hall of echoes. 3. A counterpane for the dead. 4. An edifice wherein inspired fogyism gets its final degree.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. church

    The part of the ship arranged on Sunday for divine service.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Church' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #443

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Church' in Written Corpus Frequency: #769

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Church' in Nouns Frequency: #132

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How to say Church in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Church in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Church in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Church in a Sentence

  1. Tim Donnelly:

    I want to play you a little clip of the dictator-in-chief, the gun-controller-in-chief, I don't know what to call him today, who--this is his reaction and it's completely devoid of the same passion that he would have had if this individual had been Dylann Roof who killed nine black people in a church and could easily be demonized as a white supremacist, whereas these are Obama's people, the Islamic people.

  2. James Joyce:

    I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use --silence, exile and cunning.

  3. Di Martino:

    I wanted to photograph new-but-already-established churches from this millennium ... but I had to explain to a lot of people that I wasn't documenting the demise of the Catholic Church or even the loss of churchgoers. but how these churches have now become part of the establishment.

  4. Brady Boyd:

    We feel the open carrying of weapons is part of a violent culture and we kind of want to push back against open carry and gun violence, we welcome you to worship. We love the fact that you’re here, but please leave the gun in the car. Church shootings have been a disturbing fact for decades, according to BuckeyeFirearms.org, which listed instances dating back to 1974. The most notorious shooting occurred last June, when a 21-year-old white supremacist named Dylann Storm Roof gunned down nine strangers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, after praying with them for more than an hour. Last month, the FBI provided security training for 165 faith leaders at its Dallas headquarters. The key is to be proactive and plan for it ahead of time and train for it ahead of time, so in the unlikely event something does happen, you're ready and prepared to deal with that situation, John Smith, risk management director with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, said. Michael Lanford, co-owner of SC Firearms Training, provides firearm training and consulting for churches throughout South Carolina. Michael Lanford helps clients hiring outside security teams or to form their own. Michael Lanford, who has a background in the military and law enforcement, said taking down an active shooter in a church requires unique reactions, and that safety and training are critical.

  5. Jeff King:

    Father Josiah Trenham said. The incident took place on April 12, some four months after a terror attack left 14 dead in nearby San Bernardino, and just over three months before a French priest was killed by ISIS-linked jihadists in his church. The events, whether far or near, underscore a grim new reality for pastors such as Father Josiah Trenham : Instead of offering sanctuary from evil, churches could in fact be attractive targets for terror. Many churches are now hiring self-defense instructors for classes or security guards that include off-duty police, said Ryan Mauro, a professor of Homeland Security at Liberty University and national security analyst for the Clarion Project. If you are an Islamist terrorist seeking self-glory, executing a priest will bring you more attention than executing an average civilian. While no lethal terror attacks have occurred inside a U.S. church to date, experts like Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, notes the threat tally is growing. I'm pretty sure there will be attacks in the future, until [ radical Islam is defeated ], we can expect Christians, including in the West, to rationally tighten security measures and try to protect themselves from attack. In February, Khial Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., was arrested after Khial Abu-Rayyan told an undercover The FBI agent Khial Abu-Rayyan was preparing to shoot up a major church near Khial Abu-Rayyan home on behalf of ISIS. A month earlier, the Rev. Roger Spradlin of Valley Baptist Church – one of the biggest congregations in Bakersfield, Calif. – told attendees that they had received a threat written in Arabic. Undercover officers were then placed during worship services.

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