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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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 [syn: Anglican Church, Anglican Communion, Church of England]

Merriam Webster's

Date: 1534 the established episcopal church of England

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Church Church, n. [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. ? the Lord's house, fr. ? concerning a master or lord, fr. ? master, lord, fr. ? power, might; akin to Skr. [,c][=u]ra hero, Zend. [,c]ura strong, OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.] 1. A building set apart for Christian worship. 2. A Jewish or heathen temple. [Obs.] --Acts xix. 37. 3. A formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together. ``When they had ordained them elders in every church.'' --Acts xiv. 23. 4. A body of Christian believers, holding the same creed, observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman Catholic church; the Presbyterian church. 5. The collective body of Christians. 6. Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm. 7. The aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil. Remember that both church and state are properly the rulers of the people, only because they are their benefactors. --Bulwer. Note: Church is often used in composition to denote something belonging or relating to the church; as, church authority; church history; church member; church music, etc. Apostolic church. See under Apostolic. Broad church. See Broad Church. Catholic or Universal church, the whole body of believers in Christ throughout the world. Church of England, or English church, the Episcopal church established and endowed in England by law. Church living, a benefice in an established church. Church militant. See under Militant. Church owl (Zo["o]l.), the white owl. See Barn owl. Church rate, a tax levied on parishioners for the maintenance of the church and its services. Church session. See under Session. Church triumphant. See under Triumphant. Church work, work on, or in behalf of, a church; the work of a particular church for the spread of religion. Established church, the church maintained by the civil authority; a state church.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

The Church of England is the main church in England. It has the Queen as its head and it does not recognize the authority of the Pope. N-PROPER: the N

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