A church is where you go for a public religious service. On Easter, some people go to church to pray.

Church derives from the Greek word kuriakon (doma) meaning "Lord's (house)." A public building or place mainly used for worship, a church can be modest in structure and appearance or large and ornate, with stained glass windows and a grand interior. Inside a church, you are said to attend church, which is a service given by a religious official that helps guide worship. Church can also refer to the group of people you see regularly at Sunday's service.

Definitions of church
  1. noun
    a place for public (especially Christian) worship
    “the church was empty”
    synonyms: church building
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    Chartres Cathedral
    a Gothic cathedral in northern France; built in 13th century
    Westminster Abbey
    a famous Gothic church of St. Peter in Westminster, London on the site of a former Benedictine monastery
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    a church associated with a monastery or convent
    an early Christian church designed like a Roman basilica; or a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges
    any large and important church
    cathedral, duomo
    the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese
    a Scottish church
    any of certain cathedrals and large churches; originally connected to a monastery
    type of:
    house of God, house of prayer, house of worship, place of worship
    any building where congregations gather for prayer
  2. noun
    a service conducted in a house of worship
    “don't be late for church
    synonyms: church service
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    divine service, religious service, service
    the act of public worship following prescribed rules
  3. noun
    one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship
    synonyms: Christian church
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    Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, Armenian Church
    an independent Christian church established in Armenia since 300; was influenced by both Roman and Byzantine traditions
    Catholic Church
    any of several churches claiming to have maintained historical continuity with the original Christian Church
    Nestorian Church
    a Christian Church in the Middle East that followed Nestorianism; there is still a small Nestorian Church in Iraq
    Coptic Church
    the ancient Christian church of Egypt
    Protestant, Protestant Church
    the Protestant churches and denominations collectively
    Unification Church
    a Christian church (with some Buddhist elements) founded in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon and known for staging mass weddings and other communal activities
    Church of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church
    the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
    Old Catholic Church
    Catholic churches that broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 18th century
    Byzantine Church, Eastern Church
    the Catholic Church as it existed in the Byzantine Empire
    Eastern Church, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox Church, Orthodox Catholic Church, Orthodox Church
    derived from the Byzantine Church and adhering to Byzantine rites
    Uniat Church, Uniate Church
    any of several churches in eastern Europe or the Middle East that acknowledge papal authority but retain their own liturgy
    Pentecostal religion
    any fundamentalist Protestant Church that uses revivalistic methods to achieve experiences comparable to the Pentecostal experiences of the first Christian disciples
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    faith, organized religion, religion
    an institution to express belief in a divine power
  4. noun
    the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church
    “our church is hosting a picnic next week”
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    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
  5. verb
    perform a special church rite or service for
    church a woman after childbirth”
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    type of:
    perform a function
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