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Definition of "church" []

  • A building for public, especially Christian worship. (noun)
  • The company of all Christians regarded as a spiritual body. (noun)
  • A specified Christian denomination: the Presbyterian Church. (noun)
  • A congregation. (noun)
  • Public divine worship in a church; a religious service: goes to church at Christmas and Easter. (noun)
  • A building designed for public forms of worship, esp Christian worship (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An occasion of public worship (noun)
  • The clergy as distinguished from the laity (noun)
  • Institutionalized forms of religion as a political or social force (noun)
  • The collective body of all Christians (noun)
  • A particular Christian denomination or group of Christian believers (noun)
  • The Christian religion (noun)
  • (in Britain) the practices or doctrines of the Church of England and similar denominations (noun)
  • To bring (someone, esp a woman after childbirth) to church for special ceremonies (verb)
  • To impose church discipline upon (verb)

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Use "church" in a sentence
  • "I am suggesting that the intention is to end "church weddings", meaning the end of marriage rites conducted in churches which the _church_ recognizes as religiously meaningful."
  • "Last night I dreamed I went to a small church in the city, an accepting churchÂ… it was filled with gays and lesbians and sympathetic str8s, many of the gay men I counted as new friends."
  • "Saviour would have the controversy between brother and brother to be terminated in a peculiar church, and that its judgment should be ultimately requested, he saith, _Tell the church_, not churches."