Definition of church house in English:

church house

Pronunciation /ˈtʃəːtʃ haʊs/


  • A house owned by a church; especially a building next to a church, in which social events, meetings, etc., connected with the church are held; a church hall. Also: a house provided by the church for a member of the clergy; a parochial house.

    In England, many church houses were formerly used especially for church ales.


Middle English; earliest use found in Exchequer Subsidy Roll. From church + house.