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Kerk, noun

Also Kirk, and with small initial.
Kerke /ˈkɛrkə/, or Kerks.
1. a. Church; a Dutch Reformed church. b. A church building. Also attributive.
1818 Blackwood’s Mag. (U.K.) III. 406It would..have done the readers good, To see the pair to kerk or kermis going.
1992 Sunday Times 20 Sept. 18The government’s decision to outlaw gambling casinos..may satisfy the kerk lobbies, but surely there is no legal or moral ground for putting hundreds of small operators out of business, while leaving the homelands’ gaming centres intact.
2. combinations
kerkdorp /-dɔː(r)p/ [Afrikaans, dorp village], see quotations;
kerkhof /-hɔf/ [Afrikaans, hof court], churchyard, cemetery;
kerkhuis /-heɪs/, /-hœɪs/ (plural kerkhuise, kerkhuises), also partial translation of kerk-house [Afrikaans, huis house], Sunday house;
kerkstoel /-stʊl/ [Afrikaans, stoel chair], see quotation 1927;
Kerkeraad, Kerkraad /-rɑːt/, the parish council of a Dutch Reformed church;
Kerkwet /-vet/ [Afrikaans, wet law], church law.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 257Kerkdorp,..A small village, consisting of a church and a few small cottages, which are only used by those who have built them, at service time.
1849 N.J. Merriman Cape Jrnls (1957) 66In the Kerkwet of the Dutch Reformed Church, 1846, the minister of a church is referred to both as a Leerar and predikant.
Church; a Dutch Reformed church.
A church building. Also attributive.

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