church


church
church [ tʃɜrtʃ ] noun ***
count or uncount a building that Christians go to in order to worship. Traditional churches usually contain an altar and long wooden seats facing the altar called pews. The place where the priest or MINISTER stands to talk to the people is called a pulpit. A religious ceremony that takes place in a church is called a service:
an old country church on the side of a hill
the church of Our Lady and Saint Michael
go to church (=go to a church to worship): She doesn't go to church very often these days.
in church: Did you get married in church?
a. count all the people who go to a particular church
b. only before noun belonging to or connected with a church:
the church choir/doors/funding
c. count a group of Christian churches with its own particular beliefs and structures:
the Methodist Church
the Roman Catholic Church
d. uncount the Christian religion as a political or official organization, and the people who work for it:
the division between Church and State
the power of the Church in the Middle Ages
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  • CHURCH (A.) — CHURCH ALONZO (1903 ) Mathématicien et logicien, philosophe et historien de la logique, Alonzo Church est né à Washington. Professeur de mathématiques à l’université de Princeton, directeur du Journal of Symbolic Logic , il est selon Kneale «le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • church — W1S1 [tʃə:tʃ US tʃə:rtʃ] n [: Old English; Origin: cirice, from Late Greek kyriakon, from Greek kyriakos of the lord , from kyrios lord, master ] 1.) a building where Christians go to worship →↑cathedral ▪ a short church service ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • church|y — «CHUR chee», adjective, church|i|er, church|i|est. 1. having to do with or suggestive of a church or the church: »The British House of Lords is as churchy an institution as St. Peter s in Rome (Time) …   Useful english dictionary

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