Meeting house

Meeting house
A secular meeting house in the U.S. state of Vermont is primarily used for a town meeting.

A meeting house describes a building where a public meeting takes place. This includes secular buildings which function like a town or city hall, and buildings used for religious meetings, particularly of some non-conformist Christian denominations.


Secular meeting houses

In New England towns in the United States, there are meeting houses which serve as a sort of town or city hall, and are used for public meetings, voting, and town offices.

A meeting house may have a dual purpose as a place of worship and public discourse, as in early American Puritan congregations.

Religious meeting houses

Many non-conformist Christian denominations distinguish between a

  • Church, which is used to refer to a body of people who believe in Christ
  • Meeting house or chapel, which refers to the building where the church meets

Christian denominations which use the term "meeting house" to refer to the building in which they hold their worship include:


  • Congdon, Herbert Wheaton. Old Vermont Houses 1763-1850. William L. Bauhan: 1940, 1973. ISBN 87233-001-X.
  • Duffy, John J., et al. Vermont: An Illustrated History. American Historical Press: 2000. ISBN 1-892724-08-1.

Further reading

External links

Media related to Meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Wikimedia Commons

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  • meeting-house — (n.) also meetinghouse, 1630s, from MEETING (Cf. meeting) (n.) + HOUSE (Cf. house) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • meeting house — meeting houses N COUNT A meeting house is a building in which certain groups of Christians, for example Quakers, meet in order to worship together …   English dictionary

  • meeting-house — n a building where Quakers (=a Christian religious group) pray together …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • meeting house — noun columbine of eastern North America having long spurred red flowers • Syn: ↑honeysuckle, ↑Aquilegia canadensis • Hypernyms: ↑columbine, ↑aquilegia, ↑aquilege • Member Holonyms: ↑g …   Useful english dictionary

  • meeting-house — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms meeting house : singular meeting house plural meeting houses a place where quakers meet and pray …   English dictionary

  • meeting house — /ˈmitɪŋ haʊs / (say meeting hows) noun 1. a house or building for religious worship. 2. a house of worship of Quakers. 3. NZ the central community building on a Maori marae …   Australian English dictionary

  • meeting house — n 1. church, place of worship, house of prayer, house of God, the Lord s house, (usu. in reference to Nonconformists) conventicle; basilica, cathedral, minster; chapel, oratory, sacellum, chantry, shrine, vestry, bethel; sanctuary, tabernacle;… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • meeting house — 1. a house or building for religious worship. 2. a house of worship for Quakers. Also, meetinghouse. [1625 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • meeting-house — n. Church, temple, house of worship, house of God …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • meeting-house — meetˈing house noun A house or building where people, esp Quakers, meet for public worship • • • Main Entry: ↑meet …   Useful english dictionary

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