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EtymologyEdit

From Latin ecclēsia (church), from Ancient Greek ἐκκλησία (ekklēsía, congregation).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ygreja f (plural ygrejas)

  1. church
    • 13th century, attributed to Alfonso X of Castile, Cantigas de Santa Maria, E codex, cantiga 266 (facsimile):
      como ſṫa M de caſtro xerez guardou agente que sija na ygreia oyndo ſermon dũa traue que caeu de çima da ygreia ſobreles.
      How holy Mary of Castrojeriz saved the people, who were in the church listening to the sermon, from a beam which fell from above the church on them.

DescendantsEdit

  • Galician: igrexa
  • Portuguese: igreja (see there for further descendants)