noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Middle English consistorie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Late Latin; Medieval Latin consistorium church tribunal, from Late Latin, imperial council, from Latin consistere Date: 14th century 1. a solemn assembly ; council 2. a church tribunal or governing body: as a. a solemn meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals convoked and presided over by the pope b. a church session in some Reformed churches 3. the organization that confers the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry usually from the 19th to the 32d inclusive; also a meeting of such an organization • consistorial adjective

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