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noun church pronunciation in British English /tʃɜː(r)tʃ/ 
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  1. [countable/uncountable] 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?

    1. c.
      [countable] a group of Christian churches with its own particular beliefs and structures

      the Methodist Church

      the Roman Catholic Church

    2. d.
      [uncountable] 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

    See also  broad church


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