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noun 
  1. A Christian house of worship; a building where religious services take place.
There is a lovely little in the valley.
  1. A Christian religious organization, local or general.
The Church of England separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1534.
The across the street has a service at 10 am.
  1. A group of people who follow the same Christian religious beliefs, local or general.
These worshippers comprise the Church of Christ.
Be shepherds of the of God (Acts 20:28).
  1. A time of public worship; a worship service.
I'll be there after .
verb to church
  1. (transitive) To conduct a religious service for a woman after childbirth
Etymology: Medieval English chirche < Old English ÄiriÄe church, from w:West Germanic, West Germanic
  • kirika, from w:Greek language, Greek kyriake (oikia) Lord"s (house), from kyrios ruler, lord. For vowel evolution, see bury. Greek kyriakon (adj.) of the Lord was used of houses of Christian worship since circa 300 AD, especially in the East, though it was less common in this sense than ekklesia or basilike. An example of the direct Greek-to-Germanic progress of many Christian words, via the w:Goths, Goths; it was probably used by West Germanic people in their pre-Christian period. Also picked up by Slavic, via Old High German (term, chirihha, lang=goh) (cf. Old Church Slavonic (term, sc=Cyrl, ÑÑÑÑÑ, tr=crÄky, lang=cu), Russian (term, sc=Cyrl, ÑÑÑ, tr=cérkov", lang=ru)). w:Romance languages, Romance and w:Celtic languages, Celtic languages use variants of ecclesia.



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