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 modes

  1. () The modes or scales used in ancient church music. See Gregorian.


• Churchwarden

  1. (n.) A clay tobacco pipe, with a long tube.
  2. (n.) One of the officers (usually two) in an Episcopal church, whose duties vary in different dioceses, but always include the provision of what is necessary for the communion service.