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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun church:

spoken English33.6%written English66.4% conversational speech49.8%task-oriented speech50.2% imaginative writing35.96%informational writing64.04%

The word church is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun church

What does church mean as a name of something?

Church is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • church: churches
  • Church: Churches

  1. one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship
  2. a place for public (especially Christian) worship
    • example: the church was empty
    • domain: church service
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of church: church building
    • more generic terms: house of God / house of prayer / house of worship / place of worship = any building where congregations gather for prayer
    • more specific words:
      • abbey = a church associated with a monastery or convent
      • basilica = an early Christian church designed like a Roman basilica
      • cathedral = any large and important church
      • cathedral / duomo = the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese
      • kirk = a Scottish church
    • parts:
      • amen corner = area reserved for persons leading the responsive `amens'
      • apsis / apse = a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church
      • sanctuary / chancel / bema = area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir
      • church tower = the tower of a church
      • lady chapel = a small chapel in a church
      • narthex = a vestibule leading to the nave of a church
      • nave = the central area of a church
      • presbytery = building reserved for the officiating clergy
      • rood screen = a screen in a church
      • side chapel = a small chapel off the side aisle of a church
      • transept = structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church
      • sacristy / vestry = a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held
  3. a service conducted in a house of worship
  4. the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church
    • example: our church is hosting a picnic next week
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: body = a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
    • part of: Christendom / Christianity = the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history

Alternative definition of the noun church


  1. A Christian house of worship; a building where religious services take place.
  2. A Christian religious organization, local or general.
  3. A group of people who follow the same Christian religious beliefs, local or general.
  4. A time of public worship; a worship service.

Definition of the verb church

What does church mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: churched | churching | churches

  1. perform a special church rite or service for
    • example: church a woman after childbirth
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: perform = perform a function


  1. Church is a Buffalo Metro Rail station located in the 300 block of Main Street in the Free Fare Zone, which allows passengers free travel between Erie Canal Harbor Station and Fountain Plaza Station. Passengers continuing northbound past Fountain Plaza are required to have proof-of-payment.
  2. Church is a village in Hyndburn, Lancashire, England; situated a mile west of Accrington. The local travel links are located less than a mile from the village centre to Church and Oswaldtwistle railway station and 27 miles to Blackpool Airport. Also, the main road running through the village is the A679. The village has a population of 3,988 according to the 2001 census.
  3. Church is a Venue, Building in Boston.
  4. Church is a Liverpool City Council Ward. It contains part of the Mossley Hill area of Liverpool. It includes the road Penny Lane, famous for the Beatles song of the same name. The ward boundary was changed at the 2004 municipal elections to encompass parts of the former Grassendale and Allerton wards and losing part to the new Wavertree ward.
  5. Church Station is an elevated train stop on the Market-Frankford Line, above the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Church Street in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the first station to run above Frankford Avenue, after previously running above Kensington Avenue.
  6. Church is a Metropolitan Borough of Sefton ward in the Bootle Parliamentary constituency that covers the localities of Seaforth and Waterloo.
  7. Church is an electoral ward in Reading, Berkshire. It is covers an area south and south-east of the town centre, and is bordered by Katesgrove, Redlands and Whitley wards.
  8. Church a.k.a. Church, Iowa: Church is an unincorporated community in Allamakee County, Iowa, United States.

There are other places with in their name, like Bow Church, Church End, New Church, Old Church, Church Farm, Church Hill, Church Road, Eyam Church, Ilam Church, Above Church, Brick Church, Chora Church, Church Aston, Church Creek, Church House, Church Point, Church Stoke, Church Stowe, Falls Church.


Who is Church?

Church a.k.a. Thomas J. Churchill is a film producer, director, screenwriter and actor.


Church is a musical group.

  • album: "Song Force Crystal"


Church is a record label.


  1. "Church" is a song by rapper T-Pain. It is a fast-paced song led by guitar riffs and is one of the songs in which T-Pain raps. It appears on his album Epiphany and was released as the third single. The song "features" Teddy Verseti, one of T-Pain's aliases, which he uses when rapping vigorously. The song is about wanting to fight someone following a confrontation at a club. It was confirmed as the third single from Epiphany in an interview promoting the album. It contains a sample of the song "Which Way to America" by Living Colour.
  2. "Church" is a musical album of Kaori Kawamura.
  3. "church" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  4. "Church" is a composition.
  5. "Church" is a musical album of ARC.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  6. "Church" is a musical album of Church.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  7. "Church" is a composition.
  8. "Church" is a composition.
  9. "Church" is a musical album of Mark De Clive-Lowe.


"Church" is a musical film directed by Foster V. Corder and Cory King.


  1. Church: A church building, often simply called a church, is a building used for religious activities, particularly worship services. The term in its architectural sense is most often used by Christians to refer to their religious buildings but can be used by other religions. In traditional Christian architecture, the church is often arranged in the shape of a Christian cross. When viewed from plan view the longest part of a cross is represented by the aisle and the junction of the cross is located at the altar area. Towers or domes are often added with the intention of directing the eye of the viewer towards the heavens and inspiring church visitors. Modern church buildings have a variety of architectural styles and layouts; many buildings that were designed for other purposes have now been converted for church use; and, similarly, many original church buildings have been put to other uses. The earliest identified Christian church was founded between 233 and 256. During the 11th through 14th centuries, a wave of building of cathedrals and smaller parish churches occurred across Western Europe.
    • also known as Cirkev, Kirken, Církev, 教会, Kyrkan, Костёл, Kościół (organizacja), Chiesa (istituzione), Kerk (instituut), Église (institution), Kirche (Organisation), โบสถ์ (คริสต์ศาสนา), Nhà thờ, คริสต์ศาสนสถาน, Església (arquitectura)
  2. Church refers to both a family of LISP-like probabilistic programming language for specifying arbitrary probabilistic programs, as well as a set of algorithms for performing probabilistic inference in the generative models those programs define. Church was originally developed at MIT, primarily in the computational cognitive science group, run by Joshua Tenenbaum. Several different inference algorithms and concrete languages are in existence, including Bher, MIT-Church, Cosh, and Venture.
  3. Church is a print ad.

Phrases with Church

Phrases starting with the word Church:

  1. church hat
  2. Church Hop
  3. church key
  4. church bell
  5. church mode
  6. church roll
  7. church year
  8. church bench
  9. Church Latin
  10. church mouse
  11. church music
  12. church tower
  13. church-state

Phrases ending with the word Church:

  1. In Church
  2. LDS Church
  3. high church
  4. Broad church
  5. greek church
  6. roman church
  7. uniat church

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Church

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Google previewA Visible Church; and no Invisible Members (1861)

by Richard RYMER

The church is a building of living stones ; and Jesus Christ is “the chief corner- stone ” of connexion, and strength, and beauty...

The church is an army; and Jesus Christ is “the captain of our salvation,” “the leader and commander of the people.

Google previewWhy Believe? (2000)

Foundations of Catholic Theology by Eileen P. Flynn

The Catholic Church is an institution that has a divine origin and destiny, that exists in the world in a variety of communities, and...

Google previewA Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire (1822)

Containing the Names of All the Towns, Villages, Hamlets, Gentlemen's Seats, &c. in the County of York. A Brief History of Places Most Remarkable for Antiquities; Biographical Notices of Eminent Persons, &c by Thomas Langdale

The Church is a rectory, dedicated to All-Saints, in the deanry of Buckrose, value, 42l. 12s.

Google previewThe Law of Congregational Usage (1916)

by William Eleazar Barton

A church is an organized body of Christian people, associated for worship, religious instruction, and fellowship in service,

A church is a body of believers who covenant with each other for the purposes of worship, of mutual helpfulness in the ...

Google previewBrothers, Stand Firm (2014)

Seven Things Every Man Should Know, Practice, and Invest in the Next Generation by Steve Bateman

The church refers to people who have been called out by God to gather together for worship.

Google previewHis Story (2014)

The Story of Why We Are Here by Stuart Hacking

Church is a new, extended, revamped and resurrected Family Abraham that is set apart by its weekly sunday celebration.

Google previewThe Church in the Early Middle Ages (2007)

The I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church by G.R. Evans

But 'mystically', too, the Church is a community (the New Testament word is koinonia). The Church is a vessel...

Google previewThe Art of Warfare: The Battle Series (2011)

The Church Is a Hospital by Bervin Jenkins

The Church Is a Hospital Bervin Jenkins...

Yes, since the church is a body, it has many members, and 23 Reasons for Screening.

Google previewThe Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales (1851)

Adapted to the Most Recent Statistical Arrangements, and Lines of Railroad and Canal Communication, with a Complete County-atlas of England ... Maps of Wales, and an Appendix, Containing ... the Census of 1841

The church is an ancient building, in a mixed style of English architecture — Christ-church is a discharged rectory with St. Ewcn ; valued at £11 10s.; gross income £390; formerly in the |utrouai:e of the corporation, and exempt from visitation.

Google previewThe parliamentary gazetteer of England and Wales. 4 vols. [bound in 12 pt. with suppl.]. (1840)

by England

The church is an ancient structure in the early style of English architecture, chiefly remarkable for a fine monument...

Google previewWhen Heaven and Earth Collide (2014)

Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus by Alan Cross

Church is the core element in the strategy ofthe Holy Spiritforproviding human witness andphysicalpresence to...

Church is an appointed gathering ofnamed people in particular places who practicea life of resurrection in a world in which ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

If, for example, revenues are declining for whatever reason, this method may not provide the needed funding for special church promotions that may be deemed to be necessary. Another way of determining the promotion budget is called the ...

Google previewAn Episcopal Dictionary of the Church (2000)

A User-Friendly Reference for Episcopalians by Don S. Armentrout

Not every possible term has been included, but we have drawn together terms of interest and importance from the history, liturgy, organizations, and theology of the Episcopal Church. We have included many terms that are important but not ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2 Volume Set (2010)

by John Anthony McGuckin

forcibly reincorporated into the local Orthodox churches. The Eastern Catholic church buildings in these territories were closed or given to the Orthodox, and dissenting clergy either sent to prison (e. g., Metropolitan Josyf Slipyj), killed, or forced ...

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Small photo of QUEZON CITY, PH-MAR. 30: Santo Domingo Church facade on March 30, 2018 in Quezon City, Philippines. Santo Domingo Church is the largest church in Metro Manila and one of the biggest churches in Asia.Small photo of church,church steepleSmall photo of orthodox church buildingSmall photo of Church - town churchSmall photo of church,church steepleSmall photo of White churchSmall photo of church interior blur abstract background More...

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Quotes about Church

A Church without Youth is a Church without a future. Moreover, Youth without a Church is Youth without a future. (Pope Shenouda III)
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Scrabble value of C3H4U1R1C3H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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