Meaning of “Free Church” in the English Dictionary

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"Free Church" in British English

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Free Churchnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌfriː ˈtʃɜːtʃ/ us /ˌfriː ˈtʃɝːtʃ/

Examples from literature

  • All that they felt themselves prepared to carry was a proposal that Free Church or United Presbyterian ministers should be "mutually eligible" for calls in the two Churches—a proposal that did not come to much. 
  • But the Free Church minority, ably led and knowing its own mind, stubbornly maintained its ground. 
  • If the pretext of the inability of the Free Church to administer its own estate had not been forthcoming, some other pretext must and would have been discovered. 
  • The Free Church Assembly, which met a fortnight later, passed a similar resolution unanimously, although not without a keen discussion revealing elements of opposition which were afterwards to gather strength. 
  • The Free Church has set an example to the world in fiscal arrangements, showing what steady determination, backed by courage and sound judgment, can eventually accomplish. 

(Definition of “Free Church” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)