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Meaning of Church

A building consecrated for divine service and the cure of souls according to the Christian faith. A collective body of Christian people having a common faith in doctrine , associated together for worship under a creed and discipline. See Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church in America v Adair, 141 N. Y.S.2d 772.

Church Alternative Definition

A society of persons who profess the Christian religion. 7 Halst. (N. J.) 206, 214; 10 Pick. (Mass.) 193; 3 Ea. St. 282; 31 Pa. St. 9; 9 Barb. (N. Y.) 95. The place where such persons regularly assemble for worship. 3 Tex. 288; 9 Barb. (N. Y.) 95; 160 111. 579.

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Church in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

A temple or building consecrated to the Honor of God and religion; or, an assembly of persons, united by the profession of the same Christian faith, met together for all religious worship. Robertson v. Bullions, 9 Barb. 95 (1850). The civil courts have only to do with the rights of property. When a right of property depends on a civil court question, and that question has been decided by the highest tribunal within the religious organization to which it has been carried, the civil courts accept that decision as final. Relations of Civil Law to Church Policy (1875) Hon. William Strong; Watson v. Jones, 13 Wall. 713, 722-31 (1871).

Note: This legal definition of Church in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

Concept of Church in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Church: A public place of worship, usually Christian worship. See also: Synagogue; Temple.

Concept of Church in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Church: A public place of worship, usually Christian worship. See also: Synagogue; Temple.

Definition of Church

The Canada social science dictionary [1] provides the following meaning of Church: An institution composed of members sharing some common religious and ethical views and joining them together in religious celebration and social activities. Churches, as distinct from sects or cults, tend to be established and culturally accepted and broadly supportive of the surrounding institutions of society, to be hierarchical and to have a priesthood or set of authorized office holders. See: CULT / SECT in this legal dictionary and in the world encyclopedia of law.

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Notes and References

  • Drislane, R., & Parkinson, G. (2016). (Concept of) Church. Online dictionary of the social sciences. Open University of Canada


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Church

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Old English cirice, circe “church, public place of worship; Christians collectively,” from Proto-Germanic *kirika (source also of Old Saxon kirika, Old Norse kirkja, Old Frisian zerke, Middle Dutch kerke, Dutch kerk, Old High German kirihha, German Kirche), probably [see note in OED] from Greek kyriake (oikia), kyriakon doma “Lord’s (house),” from kyrios “ruler, lord,” from PIE root *keue- “to swell” (“swollen,” hence “strong, powerful”); see cumulus. Phonetic spelling from c. 1200, established by 16c. For vowel evolution, see bury. As an adjective from 1570s. Greek kyriakon (adj.) “of the Lord” was used of houses of Christian worship since c.300, especially in the East, though it was less common in this sense than ekklesia or basilike. An example of the direct Greek-to-Germanic progress of many Christian words, via the Goths; it probably was used by West Germanic people in their pre-Christian period. Also picked up by Slavic, probably via Germanic (Old Church Slavonic criky, Russian cerkov). Finnish kirkko, Estonian kirrik are from Scandinavian. Romance and Celtic languages use variants of Latin ecclesia (such as French église, 11c.). Church-bell was in late Old English. Church-goer is from 1680s. Church key is early 14c.; slang use for “can or bottle opener” is by 1954, probably originally U.S. college student slang. Church-mouse, proverbial in many languages for its poverty, is 1731 in English.


Legal English Vocabulary: Church in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term church into Spanish: Iglesia (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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