CHURCH DEFINITION & SYNONYMS

• Church

  1. (n.) A Jewish or heathen temple.
  2. (n.) A building set apart for Christian worship.
  3. (n.) Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm.
  4. (n.) A formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together.
  5. (v. t.) To bless according to a prescribed form, or to unite with in publicly returning thanks in church, as after deliverance from the dangers of childbirth; as, the churching of women.
  6. (n.) The collective body of Christians.
  7. (n.) A body of Christian believers, holding the same creed, observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman Catholic church; the Presbyterian church.
  8. (n.) The aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil.


• Church-ale

  1. (n.) A church or parish festival (as in commemoration of the dedication of a church), at which much ale was used.


• Churchgoing

  1. (a.) Habitually attending church.
  2. (a.) Summoning to church.