What does church mean?

Definitions for church

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word church.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. church, Christian churchnoun

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

  2. church, church buildingnoun

    a place for public (especially Christian) worship

    "the church was empty"

  3. church service, churchnoun

    a service conducted in a house of worship

    "don't be late for church"

  4. churchverb

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

    "our church is hosting a picnic next week"

  5. churchverb

    perform a special church rite or service for

    "church a woman after childbirth"


  1. churchnoun

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

  2. churchnoun

    A Christian religious organization, local or general.

  3. churchnoun

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

    These worshippers comprise the Church of Christ.

  4. churchnoun

    Religious service held at a church.

    She wanted to be married in church.

  5. churchnoun

    A time of public worship; a worship service.

  6. churchverb

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

  7. churchverb

    To educate someone religiously, as in in a church.

  8. Churchnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHURCHnoun

    Etymology: circe, Sax. ϰυϱιαϰὴ.

    The church being a supernatural society, doth differ from natural societies in this; that the persons unto whom we associate ourselves in the one, are men, simply considered as men; but they to whom we be joined in the other, are God, angels, and holy men. Richard Hooker, b. i. p. 45.

    The church is a religious assembly, or the large fair building where they meet; and sometimes the same word means a synod of bishops, or of presbyters; and in some places it is the pope and a general council. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    That churches were consecrated unto none but the Lord only, the very general name chiefly doth sufficiently shew: church doth signify no other thing than the Lord’s house. Hook.

    Tho’ you unty the winds, and let them fight
    Against the churches. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  2. To Churchverb

    To perform with any one the office of returning thanks in the church, after any signal deliverance, as from the danger of childbirth.

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. Church

    Church is a song by Australian electronic DJ and Producer Alison Wonderland. It was released on 16 February 2018 as the second single from Wonderland's second studio album, Awake. The song peaked at number 54 in Australia. Remixes were released on 30 March 2018. "Church" is about breaking out of a toxic relationship and realising your own self-worth. Wonderland told Triple J "But it was the first thing that came to my mind. I felt like shouting at that person "I wish you would treat me like church! Praise me, make me feel like I'm worth something"."The accompanying video for "Church" was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Bo Mirosseni. It depicts an ethereal Wonderland and a young gospel choir against a church backdrop.


  1. church

    A church is a religious institution or place of worship that is typically associated with Christianity. It can be a physical building where believers gather for worship services, such as prayer, preaching, communion, or baptism. It can also refer to the collective body of Christian believers worldwide, also known as the Church, signifying a spiritual community united by shared faith in Jesus Christ. Additionally, a church can be a particular Christian denomination or congregation, such as the Catholic Church or a particular local church community.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Churchnoun

    a building set apart for Christian worship

  2. Churchnoun

    a Jewish or heathen temple

  3. Churchnoun

    a formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together

  4. Churchnoun

    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. Churchnoun

    the collective body of Christians

  6. Churchnoun

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

  7. Churchnoun

    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. Churchverb

    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. 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.]


  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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Church is ranked #966 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Church surname appeared 36,072 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 12 would have the surname Church.

    89.1% or 32,169 total occurrences were White.
    5.7% or 2,074 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 779 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 588 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 296 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 170 total occurrences were Asian.

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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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  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. Pope Shenouda III, Pope & Patriach of Alexandria:

    A Church without Youth is a Church without a future. Moreover, Youth without a Church is Youth without a future.

  2. Joseph Trinh:

    The church in Philadelphia has been very good to us, there's something unique about Vietnamese Catholics. The church is the center of their lives. ... They would pay more to buy a house near a church. They send their children to Catholic schools. They are willing to sacrifice for their children and their church.

  3. Alice Walker:

    She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.

  4. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    God makes us a new creation in Christ, forgiving our sins and forming us into the Church. The purpose of evangelizing is to make Jesus Christ known and to invite people to be part of the company of his disciples in the Church. The motive of evangelizing is gratitude for what Christ has given us. The method of evangelizing entails our own personal renewal in the faith and in living Christ’s life in his body, the Church.

  5. Ferdinand Magellan:

    The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church.

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