1A path or road leading to a church, especially (in later use) one designated (if not on public land) as a right of way.
2A manner or form of (especially nonconformist) church polity or practice; the embodiment of this in a particular congregation or denomination of the Christian Church. Now chiefly historical.
Old English. From church + way. Compare Old Frisian tzerkwei, Old Saxon kerkuueg (Middle Low German kerkwech), Middle High German kirchwëc (German Kirchweg), Old Icelandic kirkjuvegr.