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

n a place for public (especially Christian) worship

“the church was empty”
church building
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

n a service conducted in a house of worship

“don't be late for church
church service
Type of:
divine service, religious service, service
the act of public worship following prescribed rules

n one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship

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
Type of:
faith, organized religion, religion
an institution to express belief in a divine power

n the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church

“our church is hosting a picnic next week”
Type of:
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

v perform a special church rite or service for

church a woman after childbirth”
Type of:
perform a function

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