Kirche

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German kirche, from Old High German kirihha, from Proto-West Germanic *kirikā.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɪʁçə/, [ˈkʰɪʁçɘ], [ˈkʰɪɐ̯çɘ] (standard)
  • (some speakers in southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) IPA(key): [ˈkɪɐ̯xə]
  • (some speakers in Westphalia) IPA(key): [ˈkiːɐ̯çə]
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Noun[edit]

Kirche f (genitive Kirche, plural Kirchen, diminutive Kirchelchen n or Kirchlein n)

  1. church (building)
  2. church (organised religion, especially Catholicism)
  3. (obsolete) an assembly

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Descendants[edit]

  • Russian: ки́рха (kírxa), ки́рка (kírka)
  • Ukrainian: кі́рха (kírxa)

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