noun \ˈsi-nəd also -ˌnäd\

: a formal meeting of church leaders

: a group of church leaders who are in charge of making decisions and laws related to the church

Full Definition of SYNOD

:  an ecclesiastical governing or advisory council: as
a :  an assembly of bishops in the Roman Catholic Church
b :  the governing assembly of an Episcopal province
c :  a Presbyterian governing body ranking between the presbytery and the general assembly
d :  a regional or national organization of Lutheran congregations
:  the ecclesiastical district governed by a synod
syn·od·al \ˈsi-nə-dəl, -ˌnä-; sə-ˈnä-dəl\ adjective

Origin of SYNOD

Middle English sinod, from Late Latin synodus, from Late Greek synodos, from Greek, meeting, assembly, from syn- + hodos way, journey
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary


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