Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling or befitting a church or a worship service

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Befitting a church or a churchman; becoming to a clergyman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Becoming or befitting the church or a churchman.
  • Resembling a church.

Etymologies

church +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For example, Hindu temples in the United States also have a churchlike feel to them, even though Hinduism, like Islam, is not typically organized around a local congregation.

    American Grace

  • The churchlike atmosphere of modern concert halls notwithstanding, Mozart debuted his piano concertos in the 1780s in Vienna's restaurants and guesthouses, where eating, drinking, gambling and sometimes shouting and brawling were not so unusual.

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  • Beginning in 1976 with the album Blue Moves, his rock influences became less pronounced, and a more churchlike English pop style emerged in ballads like “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” (1976), which typified the staid declamatory aura of his mature ballads.

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  • He was showering recently when he had the idea for a wedding scene in "The Little Mermaid"—a three-dimensional churchlike structure with pews full of people.

    The Reigning Prince of Pop-Up Books

  • This time, he's gone beyond the rich allegory of His Dark Materials and the battle of good versus evil (with a churchlike institution — known as "the Magisterium" — firmly on the side of evil).

    A Resurrection

  • If one wanted time and space, a good place to find it was the churchlike solitude of acres of bare vines where the only sounds were the whistling wind and the sweet cries of the first birds of spring.

    The Viognier Vendetta

  • Guitarist Lenny Kaye and former Television frontman Tom Verlaine also turned out for the churchlike performance.

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  • The atmosphere was subdued, hushed and churchlike: people were on their very best behavior.

    Hilary Lambert: My Voting Kentucky Voting Story

  • Going out for meals was a rare treat, usually confined to birthdays, or on holiday where the atmosphere in the hotel dining room was almost churchlike, with everyone talking incredibly quietly, like priests in the confessional.

    Fathers & Sons

  • In the background were all these nice stone churchlike buildings, with arched windows.

    Dark Dude

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