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

  • adj. Conforming or adhering rigorously to the practices or creeds of a church.
  • adj. Of, suitable for, or suggesting a church: "two . . . ladies in churchy hats sipping pale pink drinks” ( Anne Tyler).

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  • adj. piously Christian
  • n. one who is piously Christian

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to a church; unduly fond of church forms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the church or to ecclesiasticism; given to or supporting ecclesiasticism: as, very churchy in tastes or language.


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