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mother church

a church from which other churches have had their origin or derived their authority.
a cathedral or a metropolitan church.
the church attended in one's youth or for the greater part of one's life.
Origin of mother church
1275-1325; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They are eager to be reconciled to mother church, but are prevented by evil councillors.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • Your name is not your own until mother church has put it properly upon you.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • One of the oldest, if not the mother church in Linn county, is that at Lisbon.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • In 1895 the way opened for him to enter the service of his mother church.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • The filial love of the Puritan colonists toward the mother church of England was by no means extinct in the third generation.

    A History of American Christianity Leonard Woolsey Bacon
  • All the Yucatecans will gladly join in a jest at the expense of mother church.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • He adheres to the ornate worship of the mother church when religiously disposed.

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