- a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation.
- a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp the Church of England
A religious denomination that receives financial and other support from the government, often to the exclusion of support for other denominations. (See under “World Literature, Philosophy, and Religion.”)
Asupported by the government as a national institution. The is an established church in , as is the in the countries of and the in .