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[church-goh-er] /ˈtʃɜrtʃˌgoʊ ər/
a person who goes to church, especially habitually.
Chiefly British. a member of the Established Church, in contrast to a Nonconformist.
Origin of churchgoer
1600-90; church + go1 + -er1
Related forms
churchgoing, noun
nonchurchgoer, noun
nonchurchgoing, adjective Unabridged
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  • They could pause to acquaint the churchgoers with a matter of common interest.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • To-day Anne Kvæn and all the house servants were also among the churchgoers.

    The Visionary Jonas Lie
  • Paul could hear steps and voices in the adjoining cloakroom—the churchgoers had returned.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • As usual, a row of beggars was standing before the door, imploring the charity of the churchgoers.

    Vagaries Axel Munthe
  • She is one parent of the Woman movement, unpalatable as her morals may prove to churchgoers.

    Unicorns James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for churchgoers


a person who attends church regularly
an adherent of an established Church in contrast to a Nonconformist
Derived Forms
churchgoing, noun, adjective
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