consistory


con·sis·to·ry

noun \kən-ˈsis-t(ə-)rē\
plural con·sis·to·ries

Definition of CONSISTORY

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
con·sis·tor·i·al \ˌkän-si-ˈstōr-ē-əl, -ˈstr-\ adjective

Origin of CONSISTORY

Middle English consistorie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Late Latin; Medieval Latin consistorium church tribunal, from Late Latin, imperial council, from Latin consistere
First Known Use: 14th century

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