churching

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Noun[edit]

churching (plural churchings)

  1. (Christianity) Blessing, given ceremonially to a woman who has given birth.
    The churching of women traditionally includes thanksgiving for the women's survival of childbirth.
    • 2010, Chris Given-Wilson, Fourteenth Century England VI, page 145:
      As discussed in detail by Caroline Shenton, the churchings of Queen Philippa, for which the details following Isabella's birth in 1333 survive, represented a 'gigantic festival of a family whose start in life had been extremely unsteady'.

Verb[edit]

churching

  1. Present participle of church.