Meaning of free church

free' church'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. (sometimes caps.) a church free from state control. Cf. established church.
  2. (sometimes caps.) a dissenting or nonconforming church.
  3. (caps.) (in Scotland) the church established by those who left the Church of Scotland in 1843.
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