What does church mean?

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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"


  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

  2. Church(noun)

    a Jewish or heathen temple

  3. Church(noun)

    a formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together

  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

  5. Church(noun)

    the collective body of Christians

  6. Church(noun)

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

  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

  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

  9. Origin: [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.]


  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

How to pronounce church?

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How to say church in sign language?

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  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. Amazon Music.Garth Brooks:

    Sometimes that's your church.

  2. Carl Lotus Becker:

    My own mind is my own church.

  3. Proverb:

    Near the church, far from God

  4. Proverb:

    Near the church far from God.

  5. Alan Berardo:

    This is a special church service.

Images & Illustrations of church

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