presbytery
noun (plural -teries) Etymology: Middle English & Late Latin; Middle English presbytory part of church reserved for clergy, from Late Latin presbyterium group of presbyters, part of church reserved for clergy, from Greek presbyterion group of presbyters, from presbyteros elder, priest Date: 15th century 1. the part of a church reserved for the officiating clergy 2. a ruling body in presbyterian churches consisting of the ministers and representative elders from congregations within a district 3. the jurisdiction of a presbytery 4. the house of a Roman Catholic parish priest

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  • Presbytery — • The part of the church reserved for the higher clergy Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Presbytery     Presbytery     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Presbytery — may refer to:*Presbytery (church polity), a governing body of ordained elders and ministers *Presbyterium, a body of ordained, active priests in the Roman Catholic or Anglican churches *Presbytery (architecture), the area of a church building… …   Wikipedia

  • Presbytery — Pres by*ter*y, n.; pl. {Presbyteries}. [L. presbyterium, Gr. ?. See {Presbyter}, and cf. {Presbyterium}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A body of elders in the early Christian church. [1913 Webster] 2. (Presbyterian Ch.) A judicatory consisting of all the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • presbytery — ► NOUN (pl. presbyteries) 1) (treated as sing. or pl. ) a body of Church elders. 2) the house of a Roman Catholic parish priest. 3) chiefly Architecture the eastern part of a church chancel …   English terms dictionary

  • presbytery — [prez′bə ter΄ē, pres′bə ter΄ē] n. pl. presbyteries [ME presbetory < OFr presbiterie < LL(Ec) presbyterium, council of elders < Gr(Ec) presbyterion < Gr presbyteros, elder: see PRIEST] 1. Presbyterian Ch. a) a body of presbyters;… …   English World dictionary

  • presbytery — /prez bi ter ee, pres /, n., pl. presbyteries. 1. a body of presbyters or elders. 2. (in Presbyterian churches) an ecclesiastical court consisting of all the ministers and one or two presbyters from each congregation in a district. 3. the… …   Universalium

  • presbytery — UK [ˈprezb(ə)terɪ] / US [ˈprezbəterɪ] noun [countable] Word forms presbytery : singular presbytery plural presbyteries 1) a council that controls the Presbyterian Church, or the churches that are controlled by this council 2) the house where a… …   English dictionary

  • presbytery — [[t]pre̱zbɪtri, AM teri[/t]] presbyteries N COUNT A presbytery is the house in which a Roman Catholic priest lives …   English dictionary

  • presbytery — pres•by•ter•y [[t]ˈprɛz bɪˌtɛr i, ˈprɛs [/t]] n. pl. ter•ies 1) rel a body of presbyters or elders 2) rel (in Presbyterian churches) an ecclesiastical assembly consisting of all the ministers and one or two presbyters from each congregation in a… …   From formal English to slang

  • presbytery — /ˈprɛzbətri / (say prezbuhtree), /ˈprɛspə / (say prespuh ) noun (plural presbyteries) 1. a body of presbyters or elders. 2. (in the Uniting Church of Australia and Presbyterian churches) a judicatory consisting of all the ministers (teaching… …   Australian English dictionary

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