1. Rejoicing for victory; triumphing; exultant.
Successful beyond hope to lead ye forth
Triumphant out of this infernal pit. --Milton.
2. Celebrating victory; expressive of joy for success; as, a triumphant song or ode.
3. Graced with conquest; victorious.
Athena, war's triumphant maid. --Pope.
So shall it be in the church triumphant. --Perkins.
4. Of or pertaining to triumph; triumphal. [Obs.]
Captives bound to a triumphant car. --Shak.
Church triumphant, the church in heaven, enjoying a state of triumph, her warfare with evil being over; -- distinguished from church militant. See under Militant.
1. A building set apart for Christian worship.
2. A Jewish or heathen temple. [Obs.]
3. A formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together. “When they had ordained them elders in every church.”
4. A body of Christian believers, holding the same creed, observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman Catholic church; the Presbyterian church.
5. The collective body of Christians.
6. Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm.
7. The aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil.
Remember that both church and state are properly the rulers of the people, only because they are their benefactors. --Bulwer.
Note: ☞ Church is often used in composition to denote something belonging or relating to the church; as, church authority; church history; church member; church music, etc.
Apostolic church. See under Apostolic.
Broad church. See Broad Church.
Catholic church or Universal church, the whole body of believers in Christ throughout the world.
Church of England, or English church, the Episcopal church established and endowed in England by law.
Church living, a benefice in an established church.
Church militant. See under Militant.
Church owl Zool., the white owl. See Barn owl.
Church rate, a tax levied on parishioners for the maintenance of the church and its services.
Church session. See under Session.
Church triumphant. See under Triumphant.
Church work, work on, or in behalf of, a church; the work of a particular church for the spread of religion.
Established church, the church maintained by the civil authority; a state church.