church Idioms & Phrases


anglican church

  • noun the national church of England (and all other churches in other countries that share its beliefs); has its see in Canterbury and the sovereign as its temporal head
    Anglican Church; Anglican Communion.
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Apostolic church

  • the Christian church; so called on account of its apostolic foundation, doctrine, and order. The churches of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem were called apostolic churches.
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armenian apostolic orthodox church

  • noun an independent Christian church established in Armenia since 300; was influenced by both Roman and Byzantine traditions
    Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church.
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armenian church

  • noun an independent Christian church established in Armenia since 300; was influenced by both Roman and Byzantine traditions
    Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church.
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arminian church

  • noun the Protestant denomination adhering to the views of Jacobus Arminius
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baptist church

  • noun any of various evangelical Protestant churches that believe in the baptism of voluntary believers
    Baptists.
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Body of a church

  • the nave.
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Broad church

  • . See Broad Church.
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Byzantine church

  • noun the Catholic Church as it existed in the Byzantine Empire
    Byzantine Church.
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  • the Eastern or Greek church, as distinguished from the Western or Roman or Latin church.See under Greek.
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CatholicUniversal church

  • the whole body of believers in Christ throughout the world.
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catholic church

  • noun any of several churches claiming to have maintained historical continuity with the original Christian Church
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christian church

  • noun one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship
    church.
  • noun a Protestant church that accepts the Bible as the only source of true Christian faith and practices baptism by immersion
    Disciples of Christ.
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church bell

  • noun a bell in a church tower (usually sounded to summon people to church)
    • church bells were ringing all over town
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church bench

  • noun long bench with backs; used in church by the congregation
    pew.
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church building

  • noun a place for public (especially Christian) worship
    church.
    • the church was empty
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church calendar

  • noun a calendar of the Christian year indicating the dates of fasts and festivals
    ecclesiastical calendar.
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church doctrine

  • noun the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
    gospel; religious doctrine; creed.
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church father

  • noun (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
    Church Father; Father.
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church festival

  • noun a festival having religious significance
    religious festival.
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church hat

  • noun a fanciful hat of the kind worn by Black women for Sunday worship
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church key

  • noun can opener that has a triangular pointed end that pierces the tops of cans
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Church living

  • a benefice in an established church.
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church member

  • noun a religious person who goes to church regularly
    churchgoer.
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Church militant

  • . See under Militant.
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church mode

  • noun any of a system of modes used in Gregorian chants up until 1600; derived historically from the Greek mode
    medieval mode; Gregorian mode; church mode; ecclesiastical mode.
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church modes

  • noun any of a system of modes used in Gregorian chants up until 1600; derived historically from the Greek mode
    medieval mode; Gregorian mode; church mode; ecclesiastical mode.
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Church" modes`

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

  • noun a fictional mouse created by Lewis Carroll
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church music

  • noun genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
    religious music.
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church of christ scientist

  • noun Protestant denomination founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866
    Christian Science.
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church of england

  • noun the national church of England (and all other churches in other countries that share its beliefs); has its see in Canterbury and the sovereign as its temporal head
    Anglican Church; Anglican Communion.
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Church of England, ∨ English church

  • the Episcopal church established and endowed in England by law.
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church of ireland

  • noun autonomous branch of the Church of England in Ireland
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church of jesus christ of latter-day saints

  • noun church founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Mormons.
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church of rome

  • noun the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
    Roman Catholic; Roman Church; Roman Catholic Church; Church of Rome.
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church of scientology

  • noun a new religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1955 and characterized by a belief in the power of a person's spirit to clear itself of past painful experiences through self-knowledge and spiritual fulfillment
    Scientology.
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church of the brethren

  • noun a Baptist denomination founded in 1708 by Americans of German descent; opposed to military service and taking legal oaths; practiced trine immersion
    Dippers; Dunkers.
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church officer

  • noun a church official
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Church owl

  • (Zoöl.), the white owl. See Barn owl.
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church property

  • noun property or income owned by a church
    spirituality; spiritualty.
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Church rate

  • a tax levied on parishioners for the maintenance of the church and its services.
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church roll

  • noun a list of the members of church
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church school

  • noun a private religious school run by a church or parish
    parochial school.
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church service

  • noun a service conducted in a house of worship
    church.
    • don't be late for church
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Church session

  • . See under Session.
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church slavic

  • noun the Slavic language into which the Bible was translated in the 9th century
    Old Church Slavic; Old Bulgarian; Church Slavic.
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church tower

  • noun the tower of a church
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Church triumphant

  • . See under Triumphant.
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Church work

  • work on, or in behalf of, a church; the work of a particular church for the spread of religion.
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church year

  • noun the year in the ecclesiastical calendar; especially feast days and special seasons
    Christian year.
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church-ale

Church"-ale` noun

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  1. A church or parish festival (as in commemoration of the dedication of a church), at which much ale was used. Wright. Nares.
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church-bench

Church"-bench` noun

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  1. A seat in the porch of a church. Shak.
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church-haw

Church"-haw` noun

Etymology
Church + haw a yard.
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  1. Churchyard. Obs. Chaucer.
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church-state

  • noun a state ruled by religious authority
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Collegiate church

  • . (a) A church which, although not a bishop's seat, resembles a cathedral in having a college, or chapter of canons (and, in the Church of England, a dean), as Westminster Abbey. (b) An association of churches, possessing common revenues and administered under the joint pastorate of several ministers; as, the Reformed (Dutch) Collegiate Church of New York.
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congregational christian church

  • noun merger of the Congregational Church and the Christian Church
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congregational church

  • noun a Protestant denomination holding that each individual congregation should be self-governing
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Conventual church

  • a church attached or belonging to a convent or monastery.
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coptic church

  • noun the ancient Christian church of Egypt
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Dean of cathedral church

  • the chief officer of a chapter; he is an ecclesiastical magistrate next in degree to bishop, and has immediate charge of the cathedral and its estates.
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doctor of the church

  • noun (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching
    Doctor.
    • the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages
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eastern church

  • noun derived from the Byzantine Church and adhering to Byzantine rites
    Eastern Church; Eastern Orthodox; Eastern Orthodox Church; Orthodox Catholic Church.
  • noun the Catholic Church as it existed in the Byzantine Empire
    Byzantine Church.
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eastern orthodox church

  • noun derived from the Byzantine Church and adhering to Byzantine rites
    Eastern Church; Eastern Orthodox; Eastern Orthodox Church; Orthodox Catholic Church.
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episcopal church

  • noun an autonomous branch of the Anglican Communion in Scotland
    Episcopal Church.
  • noun United States church that is in communication with the see of Canterbury
    Episcopal Church.
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episcopal church of scotland

  • noun an autonomous branch of the Anglican Communion in Scotland
    Episcopal Church.
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Established church

  • noun the church that is recognized as the official church of a nation
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  • the church maintained by the civil authority; a state church.
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evangelical and reformed church

  • noun a Protestant denomination of Calvinist faith
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evangelical united brethren church

  • noun a Methodist denomination
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father of the church

  • noun (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
    Church Father; Father.
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Free church

  • . (a) A church whose sittings are for all and without charge. (b) An ecclesiastical body that left the Church of Scotland, in 1843, to be free from control by the government in spiritual matters.
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funeral church

  • noun a mortuary where those who knew the deceased can come to pay their last respects
    funeral parlor; funeral home; funeral-residence; funeral parlour; funeral chapel.
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greek church

  • noun state church of Greece; an autonomous part of the Eastern Orthodox Church
    Greek Church.
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greek orthodox church

  • noun state church of Greece; an autonomous part of the Eastern Orthodox Church
    Greek Church.
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high anglican church

  • noun a group in the Anglican Church that emphasizes the Catholic tradition (especially in sacraments and rituals and obedience to church authority)
    High Anglican Church.
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high church

  • noun a group in the Anglican Church that emphasizes the Catholic tradition (especially in sacraments and rituals and obedience to church authority)
    High Anglican Church.
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high-church

High"-church` adjective

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  1. Of or pertaining to, or favoring, the party called the High Church, or their doctrines or policy. See High Church, under High, a.
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low-church

Low"-church` adjective

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  1. Not placing a high estimate on ecclesiastical organizations or forms; -- applied especially to Episcopalians, and opposed to high-church. See High Church, under High.
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lutheran church

  • noun the Protestant denomination adhering to the views of Martin Luther
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mennonite church

  • noun formed from the Anabaptist movement in the 16th century; noted for its simplicity of life
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methodist church

  • noun a Protestant denomination founded on the principles of John Wesley and Charles Wesley
    Methodists.
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mormon church

  • noun church founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Mormons.
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Mother church

  • the original church; a church from which other churches have sprung; as, the mother church of a diocese.
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nestorian church

  • noun a Christian Church in the Middle East that followed Nestorianism; there is still a small Nestorian Church in Iraq
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old catholic church

  • noun Catholic churches that broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 18th century
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old church slavic

  • noun the Slavic language into which the Bible was translated in the 9th century
    Old Church Slavic; Old Bulgarian; Church Slavic.
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old church slavonic

  • noun the Slavic language into which the Bible was translated in the 9th century
    Old Church Slavic; Old Bulgarian; Church Slavic.
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orthodox catholic church

  • noun derived from the Byzantine Church and adhering to Byzantine rites
    Eastern Church; Eastern Orthodox; Eastern Orthodox Church; Orthodox Catholic Church.
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orthodox church

  • noun derived from the Byzantine Church and adhering to Byzantine rites
    Eastern Church; Eastern Orthodox; Eastern Orthodox Church; Orthodox Catholic Church.
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presbyterian church

  • noun the Protestant denomination adhering to the views of John Calvin
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protestant church

  • noun the Protestant churches and denominations collectively
    Protestant.
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protestant episcopal church

  • noun United States church that is in communication with the see of Canterbury
    Episcopal Church.
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Regalia of a church

  • the privileges granted to it by kings; sometimes, its patrimony.
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roman catholic church

  • noun the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
    Roman Catholic; Roman Church; Roman Catholic Church; Church of Rome.
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roman church

  • noun the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
    Roman Catholic; Roman Church; Roman Catholic Church; Church of Rome.
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russian orthodox church

  • noun an independent church with its own Patriarch; until 1917 it was the established church or Russia
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uniat church

  • noun any of several churches in eastern Europe or the Middle East that acknowledge papal authority but retain their own liturgy
    Uniat Church.
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uniate church

  • noun any of several churches in eastern Europe or the Middle East that acknowledge papal authority but retain their own liturgy
    Uniat Church.
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unification church

  • noun a Christian church (with some Buddhist elements) founded in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon and known for staging mass weddings and other communal activities
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unitarian church

  • noun the Protestant denomination that rejects the doctrine of the Trinity
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united church of christ

  • noun merger of the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1957
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united methodist church

  • noun union of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church
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Universal church

  • the whole church of God in the world; the catholic church. See the Note under Catholic, a., 1.
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Visible church

  • (Theol.), the apparent church of Christ on earth; the whole body of professed believers in Christ, as contradistinguished from the invisible, or real, church, consisting of sanctified persons.
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wesleyan methodist church

  • noun the original Methodist Church
    Wesleyan Methodists.
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western church

  • noun the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
    Roman Catholic; Roman Church; Roman Catholic Church; Church of Rome.
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world council of churches

  • noun an ecumenical organization of Protestant and eastern churches; intended to promote unity and cooperation in religious and secular matters
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