Definition of collegiate church in English:

collegiate church


  • 1A church endowed for a chapter of canons but without a bishop's see.

    • ‘At the south end of the historic town is Beverley Minster - before the Reformation a collegiate church - whose fittings, in particular, reflect its former prosperity.’
    • ‘On his return he became a Catholic priest and then became a canon in the Gothic collegiate church at St Quentin back in his home region of Picardy.’
    • ‘The canons of the thirteen collegiate churches of his diocese were idle, or quarrelsome, or ignorant, or drunken, or lecherous, or all of the above; in his struggles to reform them, he had to invoke the help of the papal nuncio.’
    • ‘Similarly, the discussion of the collegiate churches sorts out problems of chronology and attribution becoming the best reviews available of their paintings and decoration.’
    • ‘Often they tended vineyards adjacent to those of their bishops; collegiate churches could be founded elsewhere in the diocese as well, and they also acquired their own vineyards.’
    • ‘At the Reformation, Henry VIII's suppression of the monasteries and collegiate churches meant that cathedral choirs and the Chapel Royal became the main musical centres.’
    • ‘To serve as the Order's chapel a collegiate church dedicated to St George was established.’
    • ‘St Valentine's remains are kept in Roquemaure's 14 th-century collegiate church.’
    • ‘Cathedral and collegiate churches and household chapels were staffed both by men (canons and their substitutes under many different names, numbering up to 50) and by boy choristers; nunneries deployed women's voices alone.’
    • ‘By office, John served as one of thirty canons at Saint-Martin's, which was one of seven collegiate churches in Liege.’
    • ‘The most famous of the relics of St. Lorenzo still existing is a small flask which allegedly contains his blood and which is venerated in the collegiate church of St. Maria in the small town of Amaseno (near Frosinone).’
    • ‘The opulence of such clergy as were close to the court expressed itself in the overripe late Gothic of the great collegiate churches at Stirling, Linlithgow, Rosslyn, and Perth.’
    1. 1.1Scottish, US A church or group of churches established under two or more pastors.