Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Educated in, or for the service of, the church.

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Examples

  • If you know disco at all, Sylvester James was the singer with the church-bred voice that ranged from a rich baritone to the stratosphere.

    Jesse Kornbluth: Holidays '09: Ten Books I'll Bet No One Else Will Suggest

  • If you know disco at all, Sylvester James was the singer with the church-bred voice that ranged from a rich baritone to the stratosphere.

    Holidays '09: Ten Books I'll Bet No One Else Will Suggest

  • If you know disco at all, Sylvester James was the singer with the church-bred voice that ranged from a rich baritone to the stratosphere.

    Jesse Kornbluth: Holidays '09: Ten Books I'll Bet No One Else Will Suggest

  • If you know disco at all, Sylvester James was the singer with the church-bred voice that ranged from a rich baritone to the stratosphere.

    Jesse Kornbluth: Holidays '09: Ten Books I'll Bet No One Else Will Suggest

  • In 1954, Ray Charles Robinson, a church-bred, hillbilly-trained singer who'd made his early living aping Nat King Cole and Charles Brown, set randy, secular lyrics - "I Got a Woman" - to a spiritual hymn, and changed the course of popular music, "The Birth of Soul," a 53-song set of Charles's recordings from 1952 to 1959, traces this revolution.

    What'd He Say

  • The Staple Singers 'ability to inject rousing gospel fervor into everything they performed struck a strong chord with listeners and introduced a large, secular pop-music audience to impassioned, church-bred music.

    Expecting Rain

  • The Staple Singers 'ability to inject rousing gospel fervor into everything they performed struck a strong chord with listeners and introduced a large, secular pop-music audience to impassioned, church-bred music.

    Expecting Rain

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