(1)   A service conducted in a house of worship
"Don't be late for church"
(2)   A place for public (especially Christian) worship
"The church was empty"
(3)   One of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship
(4)   The body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church
"Our church is hosting a picnic next week"


(5)   Perform a special church rite or service for
"Church a woman after childbirth"


< , from West Germanic }, from , neuter form of from . For vowel evolution, see . Greek was used of houses of Christian worship since circa 300 AD, especially in the East, though it was less common in this sense than or . 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 , Dutch , German , Danish , Swedish , Norwegian or , and Icelandic . Also picked up by Slavic, via Old High German (compare Old Church Slavonic , Russian ). Romance and Celtic languages use variants of Latin .


  1. A Christian house of worship; a building where religious services take place.
    There is a lovely little church in the valley.
  2. A Christian religious organization, local or general.
    The Church of England separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1534.
    The church across the street has a service at 10 am.
  3. A group of people who follow the same Christian religious beliefs, local or general.
    These worshippers comprise the Church of Christ.
    • Acts 20:28, New International Version:
      Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
  4. A time of public worship; a worship service.
    I'll be there after church.


chapel , kirk congregation

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  1. To conduct a religious service for a woman after childbirth
  2. To educate someone religiously, as in in a church.

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Appendix:Ecclesiastical terms