Definition of church book in US English:

church book

noun

  • 1A book containing the services of a church; a service book.

  • 2An official record of the proceedings, accounts, members, etc., of a church (in later use especially a nonconformist church).

  • 3A parish register. Now chiefly historical.

Origin

Old English; earliest use found in Wulfstan. From church + book. Compare Old Icelandic kirkjubók church deed, church document, Middle Low German kerkenbōk ecclesiastical book, service book, ecclesiastical history.

Pronunciation

church book

/ˈtʃəːtʃ bʊk/