From Middle English chirche, from Old English ċiriċe (“church”), from Proto-West Germanic *kirikā, an early borrowing of Ancient Greek κυριακόν (kuriakón), neuter form of κυριακός (kuriakós, “belonging to the lord”), from κύριος (kúrios, “ruler, lord”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱewH- (“to swell, spread out, be strong, prevail”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /t͡ʃɜːt͡ʃ/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /t͡ʃɝt͡ʃ/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)tʃ
- (countable) A Christian house of worship; a building where Christian religious services take place. [from 9th c.]
- There is a lovely little church in the valley.
- This building used to be a church before being converted into a library.
- 2007, John R. Dodd, Bucky and Friends, page 117:
- He got the message and was in church the next Sunday. We need to stay in church with the fellowship of others in order to keep the fire of faith burning brightly.
- Christians collectively seen as a single spiritual community; Christianity. [from 9th c.]
- These worshippers make up the Church of Christ.
- Acts 20:28, New International Version:
- Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
- (countable) A local group of people who follow the same Christian religious beliefs, local or general. [from 9th c.]
- 2007, Bill Gibson, The Ultimate Church Sound Operator's Handbook, page 78:
- Many young people find their only role models of family life in church.
- 2007, John R. Dodd, Bucky and Friends, page 117:
- 2008, Yil Gyoung Kang, Enhancing understanding the church through preaching on ..., page 61:
- As they actively get involved in ministry, lay ministry becomes vigorous, and new believers will settle in church with more ease.
- 2009, Christian Smith; Patricia Snell, Souls in Transition, page 194:
- she had very many adults in church with whom she could talk about issues in life.
- (countable) A particular denomination of Christianity. [from 9th c.]
- The Church of England separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1534.
- (uncountable, countable, as bare noun) Christian worship held at a church; service. [from 10th c.]
- 1997, Paul Harvey, Redeeming the South: Religious Cultures and Racial Identities ..., page 119:
- Pastors complained that they were not allowed enough authority in church, with women exercising too much informal control.
- 2000, Lee Roberson, Disturbing Questions...: Solid Answers, page 174:
- Some people are always saying, "Oh, you have too much church." You never get too much church. I go to church every day.
- 2003, George Shillington, On a Journey with God: You Come Too, page 53:
- the learned women will be qualified to lead in church with equal grace and equal insight and equal gifts.
- (uncountable) Organized religion in general or a specific religion considered as a political institution.
- Many constitutions enshrine the separation of church and state.
- 1903, Duncan Black MacDonald, Development of Muslim Theology, Jurisprudence and Constitutional Theory, page 4:
- But in Muslim countries, Church and State are one indissolubly, and until the very essence of Islam passes away, that unity cannot be relaxed. The law of the land, too, is, in theory, the law of the Church.
- 1991, Cyril E. Black et al., The Modernization of Inner Asia, page 15:
- Because the pan-Buddhist movement was heavily supported by the Japanese in Inner Mongolia, the Buddhist church, already under attack by Soviet-backed antireligion campaigns in Outer Mongolia, was further damaged […]
- 2001, Ayelet Shachar, Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women's Rights, page 72:
- The secular absolutist model is based on a strict separation between church and state.
- (informal) Any religious group. [from 16th c.]
- She goes to a Wiccan church down the road.
- 2007, Scott A. Merriman, Religion and the Law in America, page 313:
- Among these, the church must investigate fundemental questions, […]
- (obsolete) Assembly.
- Several senses of church are routinely used in prepositional phrases as a bare noun, without a determiner or article. This is like home and unlike house.
- (organized religion): Often capitalized as "(the) Church" without referring to a specific formal institution with that title.
- autem (obsolete, Britain, thieves’ cant)
- (building): chapel (small church), kirk (Scotland)
- (group of worshipers): congregation
- circle, fire temple, gurdwara, heiau, hof, House of Worship, jinja, mandir, monastery, mosque, synagogue, temple
- Anglican Church
- Byzantine Church
- Catholic Church
- Christian Church
- Church of England
- Church of Rome
- Church of Scotland
- Church of the East
- Church Slavonic
- Congregational church
- Eastern Church
- Eastern Orthodox Church
- Greek Catholic Church
- Greek Church
- Greek Orthodox Church
- High Church
- Latin Church
- LDS church
- Low Church
- Lutheran Church
- Maronite Church
- New Church
- Oriental Church
- Oriental Orthodox Church
- Orthodox Catholic Church
- Orthodox Church
- Roman Catholic Church
- Western Church
- Church Cross
- Church Father
- Church Fenton
- Church Minshull
- Church People
- Church Stretton
- Churchtown, churchtown
- Church Wilne
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- (transitive, Christianity, now historical) To conduct a religious service for (a woman after childbirth, or a newly married couple). [from 15th c.]
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “Tercium”, in Le Morte Darthur, book XI:
- Thenne after this lady was delyuerd and chirched / there came a knyghte vnto her / his name was sire Bromel la pleche / the whiche was a grete lord and he hadde loued that lady longe / and he euermore desyred her to wedde her / and soo by no meane she coude putte hym of
- 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, page 36:
- Nor did it [the Church] accept that the woman should stay indoors until she had been churched.
- (transitive) To educate someone religiously, as in in a church.
- Alternative form of