NounChurch (plural Churches)
- A Christian house of worship; a building where religious services take place.
- A Christian religious organization, local or general.
- A group of people who follow the same Christian religious beliefs, local or general.
- A time of public worship; a worship service.
- (transitive, now rare) To conduct a religious service for (a woman) after childbirth.
- (transitive) To educate someone religiously, as in in a church.
Adjectives for Church
venerable; impressive; calm; dignified; simple; famous; historical; imposing; ancient; hoary; handsome; exquisite; fashionable; enormous; small; gray; loopholed; ivy-clad; colonial; country; white-washed; fly-bitten; square-towered; parabolic; village; parish; dismal; silent; superfluous; competing; huddling; dedicated; pillaged; dissenting; buttressed; cathedral; sumptuous; ornate; friendly-looking; tremendous; dominating; ambitious; primitive; prosaic; barn-like; uncouth; spireless; gloomy; established; conservative; olive-green; sandstone; decent; remote; comprehensive; self-denying; laborious; unwearied; ancient.
Verbs for Church
assemble in —; baptize in —; christen in—; confirm in —; consecrate —; deface —; drift away from —; enrich —; establish —; esteem —; file into —; forsake —; gather in —; hie to —; interpret —; laud —; liberalize —; neglect —; orient —; present to —; ransack —; respect —; salute —; unite —; wed in —; worship in —; — absolves; — inspires; — molds; — moulders; ——wanes.
Synonyms for Church
prayer, prayer meeting, prayers, priesthood, priestship, prime, prime song, public worship, rabbinate, religious order, revival, revival meeting, sacred calling, schism, school, sect, sectarism, segment, service, sext, society, spiritual, tabernacle, temple, tent meeting, the church, the cloth, the desk, the ministry, the pulpit, tierce, undersong, variety, version, vesper, vespers, vigils, vocation, watch meeting, watch night, watch-night service, adherents, affiliation, apostleship, bedtime prayer, body, branch, call, camp meeting, care of souls, church service, churchly, class, communion, community, compline, confession, connection, creed, cult, denomination, devotions, disciples, divine service, division, duty, evening devotions, evensong, exercises, faction, faith, fellowship, followers, group, holy orders, house of prayer, ism, lauds, liturgy, matins, meeting, morning devotions, night song, none, nones, novena, office, offshoot, order, organization, party, pastorage, pastoral care, pastorate, persuasion, praise meeting,
- churche (obsolete)
Middle English chirche < Old English ċiriċe, from West Germanic *kirika, from Ancient Greek κυριακόν (kyriakon), neuter form of κυριακός (“belonging to the lord”) from κύριος (kurios, “ruler, lord”). For vowel evolution, see bury. Greek κυριακόν (kuriakon) was used of houses of Christian worship since circa 300 AD, especially in the East, though it was less common in this sense than ἐκκλησία (ekklēsia, “congregation”) or βασιλική (basilikē, “royal thing”). An example of the direct Greek-to-Germanic progress of many Christian words, via the Goths; it was probably used by West Germanic people in their pre-Christian period. Cognate with West Frisian tsjerke, Dutch kerk, German Kirche, Danish kirke, Swedish kyrka, Norwegian kirke or kyrkje, and Icelandic kirkja. Also picked up by Slavic, via Old High German chirihha (compare Old Church Slavonic црькъі (crĭky), Russian церковь (cérkov’)). Romance and Celtic languages use variants of Latin ecclesia.
- (UK) IPA: /tʃəːtʃ/, SAMPA: /tS@:tS/
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- (US) IPA: /tʃɝtʃ/, SAMPA: /tS3`tS/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)tʃ