Sanhedrin

noun

San·​he·​drin san-ˈhe-drən How to pronounce Sanhedrin (audio)
sän-;
san-ˈhē-,
ˈsa-nə-
: the supreme council and tribunal of the Jews during postexilic times headed by a High Priest and having religious, civil, and criminal jurisdiction

Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sanhedrin was in 1588

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“Sanhedrin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sanhedrin. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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