UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'church', 'Church': /tʃɜːtʃ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/tʃɝtʃ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(chûrch)
Religionpublic worship of God or a religious service in such a building:to attend church regularly.
Religion(sometimes cap.) the whole body of Christian believers; Christendom.
Religion(sometimes cap.) any division of this body professing the same creed and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a Christian denomination:the Methodist Church.
Religionthat part of the whole Christian body, or of a particular denomination, belonging to the same city, country, nation, etc.
Religiona body of Christians worshipping in a particular building or constituting one congregation:She is a member of this church.
Religionecclesiastical organization, power, and affairs, as distinguished from the state:separation of church and state; The missionary went wherever the church sent him.
Religionthe clergy and religious officials of a Christian denomination.
Religionthe Christian faith:a return of intellectuals to the church.
Religion(cap.) the Christian Church before the Reformation.
Religion(cap.) the Roman Catholic Church.
Religionthe clerical profession or calling:After much study and contemplation, he was prepared to enter the church.
Religiona place of public worship of a non-Christian religion.
Religionany non-Christian religious society, organization, or congregation:the Jewish church.
Religionto conduct or bring to church, esp. for special services.
Dialect Terms, Religion[South Midland and Southern U.S.]to subject to church discipline.
Religionto perform a church service of thanksgiving for (a woman after childbirth).
bef. 900; Middle English chir(i)che, Old English cir(i)ce Greek kȳri(a)kón (dôma) the Lord's (house), neuter of kȳriakós of the master, equivalent. to ký̄ri(os) master (kŷr(os) power + -ios noun, nominal suffix) + -akos, variant of -ikos -ic; akin to Dutch kerk, German Kirche, Old Norse kirkja. See kirk