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collegiate church

noun
1.
a church that is endowed for a chapter of canons, usually with a dean, and that has no bishop's see.
2.
(in the U.S.) a church or group of churches under the general management of one consistory or session.
3.
a consolidation of formerly distinct churches under one or more pastors.
4.
(in Scotland) a church or congregation the active pastor of which is the colleague and successor of the emeritus pastor.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for collegiate church

collegiate church

noun
1.
(RC Church, Church of England) a church that has an endowed chapter of canons and prebendaries attached to it but that is not a cathedral
2.
(US, Protestantism) one of a group of churches presided over by a body of pastors
3.
(Scot, Protestantism) a church served by two or more ministers
4.
a large church endowed in the Middle Ages to become a school
5.
a chapel either endowed by or connected with a college
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