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presbytery

[prez-bi-ter-ee, pres-]
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:
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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presbytery (ˈprɛzbɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
 
n , pl -teries
1.  Presbyterian Church
 a.  a local Church court composed of ministers and elders
 b.  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
 
[C15: from Old French presbiterie, from Church Latin presbyterium, from Greek presbyterion; see presbyter]

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