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kirk

[kurk; Scot. kirk] /kɜrk; Scot. kɪrk/
noun
1.
Chiefly Scot. and North England. a church.
2.
the Kirk, the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), as distinguished from the Church of England or the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English (north and Scots) < Old Norse kirkja church
Related forms
kirklike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kirklike

kirk

/kɜːk; Scottish kɪrk/
noun
1.
a Scot word for church
2.
a Scottish church
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse kirkja, from Old English ciricechurch

Kirk1

/kɜːk; Scottish kɪrk/
noun
1.
(informal) the Kirk, the Presbyterian Church of Scotland

Kirk2

/kɜːk/
noun
1.
Norman. 1923–74, prime minister of New Zealand (1972–74)
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Word Origin and History for kirklike

kirk

n.

c.1200, northern England and Scottish dialectal form of church, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kirkja "church," from Old English cirice (see church).

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