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Meaning of “church” in the English Dictionary

"church" in British English

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churchnoun

uk   /tʃɜːtʃ/  us   /tʃɝːtʃ/
  • church noun (BUILDING)

A2 [C] a ​building for ​Christianreligiousactivities: The ​town has four churches. a church ​spire/​tower a church ​hall (= a ​buildingbelonging to a church, with a ​largeroom for ​meetings)

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  • church noun (ORGANIZATION)

[C or U] an ​officialChristianreligiousorganization: All the ​local churches were ​represented at the ​memorialservice. He went on a ​walkingtrip with some of his ​friends from church. [U] an ​occasion when this ​organizationmeets as a ​group of ​people: I'll ​see her after church. They go to church every ​Sunday. church servicesthe Church [S] Christianreligiousorganizations: Some ​peoplethink the Church shouldn't ​interfere in ​politics.

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(Definition of church from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"church" in American English

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churchnoun

 us   /tʃɜrtʃ/
  • church noun (BUILDING)

[C] a ​building for ​Christianreligiousactivities: We came to a church and went inside to ​sit and ​enjoy the ​quiet.
  • church noun (ORGANIZATION)

[C/U] a ​Christianreligiousorganization: [U] He went on a ​trip with some of his ​friends from church. [C/U] Church is also a ​group of ​peoplemeeting for a ​religiousgathering: [U] I’ll ​see you after church. [C/U] A church is also one of the ​largerdivisions within ​Christianity: [C] The ​Episcopal and ​RomanCatholic churches have many similarities. [C/U] Church can also ​meanorganizedreligiongenerally: [U] The ​separation of church and ​state is an ​importantfeature of the US Constitution.
(Definition of church from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “church”
in Korean 교회…
in Arabic كَنيسة…
in Malaysian gereja, Gereja Katolik…
in French église, Église…
in Russian церковь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 建築物, 教堂,禮拜堂…
in Italian chiesa…
in Turkish kilise, mezhep, belli bir mezhebe ait kilise cemaati…
in Polish kościół…
in Spanish iglesia…
in Vietnamese nhà thờ, giáo hội…
in Portuguese igreja…
in Thai โบสถ์, กลุ่มคริสตศาสนิกชน…
in German die Kirche…
in Catalan església…
in Japanese 教会…
in Chinese (Simplified) 建筑物, 教堂,礼拜堂…
in Indonesian gereja, persekutuan…
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