Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The political assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state.
  • n. A church or congregation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The public legislative assembly of the Athenians.
  • n. A church, either as a body or as a building.
  • n. The congregation, the group of believers, symbolic body or building.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The public legislative assembly of the Athenians.
  • n. A church, either as a body or as a building.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An assembly; the great assembly of the people in certain ancient Greek states, as Athens, at which every free citizen had a right to vote.
  • n. A society for Christian worship; a church; a congregation: the Greek and Latin name, sometimes used in English writing with reference to the early church.

Etymologies

Latin ecclēsia, from Greek ekklēsiā, from ekkalein, to summon forth : ek-, out.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ecclesia (Wiktionary)

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