One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Military (originally and chiefly British) divine service attended as a unit, either in church or on a parade ground, etc. (compulsory in the British Army until 1946).
2The attendance of the members of a society, etc., as a group at a church service.
3An assembly of fashionable churchgoers after Sunday morning service, especially to walk in a public park (now historical).
Late 18th century.
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