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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [church]
    • /tʃɜrtʃ/
    • /tʃɜːtʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [church]
    • /tʃɜrtʃ/

Definitions of church word

  • variable noun church A church is a building in which Christians worship. You usually refer to this place as church when you are talking about the time that people spend there. 3
  • countable noun church A Church is one of the groups of people within the Christian religion, for example Catholics or Methodists, that have their own beliefs, clergy, and forms of worship. 3
  • noun church a building designed for public forms of worship, esp Christian worship 3
  • noun church an occasion of public worship 3
  • noun church the clergy as distinguished from the laity 3
  • noun church institutionalized forms of religion as a political or social force 3

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Origin of church

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English chir(i)che, Old English cir(i)ce ≪ Greek kȳri(a)kón (dôma) the Lord's (house), neuter of kȳriakós of the master, equivalent to kȳ́ri(os) master (kŷr(os) power + -ios noun suffix) + -akos, variant of -ikos -ic; akin to Dutch kerk, German Kirche, Old Norse kirkja. See kirk

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Parts of speech for Church


church popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

church usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for church

noun church

  • sanctuary — a sacred or holy place.
  • synagogue — a Jewish house of worship, often having facilities for religious instruction.
  • parish — an ecclesiastical district having its own church and member of the clergy.
  • mosque — a Muslim temple or place of public worship.
  • shrine — a building or other shelter, often of a stately or sumptuous character, enclosing the remains or relics of a saint or other holy person and forming an object of religious veneration and pilgrimage.

adjective church

  • ecclesiastical — of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.
  • clerical — Clerical jobs, skills, and workers are concerned with work that is done in an office.
  • religious — of, relating to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday.
  • priestly — of or relating to a priest; sacerdotal: priestly vestments.
  • apostolic — Apostolic means belonging or relating to a Christian religious leader, especially the Pope.

Antonyms for church

noun church

  • disbelief — the inability or refusal to believe or to accept something as true.
  • agnosticism — Agnosticism is the belief that it is not possible to say definitely whether or not there is a God. Compare atheism.

adjective church

  • secular — of or relating to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular interests.

Top questions with church

  • what is take me to church about?
  • what is the song take me to church about?

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