Definition of church rate in English:

church rate

noun

historical
  • In England and Ireland: a tax levied upon all occupiers of land or property within each parish to fund the maintenance of the parish church and the provision of services.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Owen (1616–1683), theologian and Independent minister. From church + rate.

Pronunciation

church rate

/ˈtʃəːtʃ reɪt/