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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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  • All the mother-church's vast powers are concentrated in that Board.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • And how could he explain the yearning of his heart for the great heart of the mother-church?

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • The profits go semi-annually to the Treasurer of the mother-church.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Ephesus, as the mother-church of the churches of Asia, is the first one to which in the book of Revelation a letter is addressed.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • Whereas, she is in manifest reality the mother-church herself.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Her people built the mother-church edifice on it, at a cost of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It is the mother-church, to which the Dijonais cling, where their children are baptized and brought on their First Communion.

    Cities of the Dawn J. Ewing Ritchie
  • In her foragings and depredations she usually puts forward the mother-church—a lay figure—and hides behind it.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Trees grow from what once were cloisters and cells; the mother-church in its midst is crumbling, pink, vine-grown, delicious.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • We hold no mother-church, on which all other Churches should depend.

    A Vindication of the Presbyteriall-Government and Ministry Ministers and Elders of the London Provinciall Assembly

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