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presbytery

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noun pres·by·tery \ˈprez-bə-ˌter-ē, ˈpres-, -bə-trē\

Simple Definition of presbytery

  • : a group of ministers and elders who are the leaders of the Presbyterian churches in a particular area

  • : the house where a Roman Catholic priest lives

Full Definition of presbytery

plural pres·by·ter·ies

  1. 1 :  the part of a church reserved for the officiating clergy

  2. 2 :  a ruling body in presbyterian churches consisting of the ministers and representative elders from congregations within a district

  3. 3 :  the jurisdiction of a presbytery

  4. 4 :  the house of a Roman Catholic parish priest

Origin of presbytery

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


First Known Use: 15th century

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