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presbytery

[prez-bi-ter-ee, pres-] /ˈprɛz bɪˌtɛr i, ˈprɛs-/
noun, plural 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 churches under the jurisdiction of a presbytery.
4.
the part of a church appropriated to the clergy.
5.
Roman Catholic Church. a rectory.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English presbetory, presbitory priests' bench, for Late Latin presbyterium group of elders < Greek presbytérion. See presbyter, -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for presbyteries

presbytery

/ˈprɛzbɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -teries
1.
(Presbyterian Church)
  1. a local Church court composed of ministers and elders
  2. the congregations or churches within the jurisdiction of any such court
2.
the part of a cathedral or church east of the choir, in which the main altar is situated; sanctuary
3.
presbyters or elders collectively
4.
government of a church by presbyters or elders
5.
(RC Church) the residence of a parish priest
Word Origin
C15: from Old French presbiterie, from Church Latin presbyterium, from Greek presbyterion; see presbyter
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Word Origin and History for presbyteries

presbytery

n.

"part of a church reserved for the clergy," early 15c., from Church Latin presbyterium, from Greek presbyterion, from presbyteros "an elder" (see Presbyterian). Meaning "body of elders in the Presbyterian system" is recorded from 1570s.

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Encyclopedia Article for presbyteries

presbytery

in Western architecture, that part of a cathedral or other large cruciform church that lies between the chancel, or choir, and the high altar, or sanctuary. As an element of a cruciform church (i.e., one laid out in the shape of a cross), the presbytery may be located geographically west of the sanctuary and east of the choir. This area, which is sometimes also called the presbyterium, can be occupied only by members of the clergy, those priests who participate in services within the sanctuary. The presbytery is often raised a few steps above or otherwise separated from the chancel, as in Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals in England, but it may also be combined with the chancel, as in the English cathedrals of Lincoln and York. The term is also used to describe the house of a priest.

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