noun San·he·drin \san-ˈhe-drən, sän-; san-ˈhē-, ˈsa-nə-\

Definition of Sanhedrin

  1. :  the supreme council and tribunal of the Jews during postexilic times headed by a High Priest and having religious, civil, and criminal jurisdiction

Origin and Etymology of sanhedrin

Late Hebrew sanhedhrīn (gĕdhōlāh) (great) Sanhedrin, from Greek synedrion council, from synedros sitting in council, from syn- + hedra seat — more at sit

First Known Use: 1588

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