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

  • n. Scots A church.
  • n. Chiefly British The Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Used with the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A church or the church, in the various senses of the word; esp., the Church of Scotland as distinguished from other reformed churches, or from the Roman Catholic Church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To church.
  • Same as kirve.
  • n. The Scotch and Northern English form of the word church, surviving from Middle English: now often used specifically for the Established Church of Scotland.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Scottish church


Middle English, from Old Norse kirkja, from Old English cirice, church; see church.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse kirkja or Old English cirice. (Wiktionary)


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  • What are you able to build with your blocks?
    Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
    Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,
    But I can be happy and building at home.
    Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea,
    There I'll establish a city for me:
    A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,
    And a harbour as well where my vessels may ride.

    - Robert Louis Stevenson, 'Block City'.

    November 3, 2008