consistory

noun
con·​sis·​to·​ry | \ kən-ˈsi-st(ə-)rē How to pronounce consistory (audio) \
plural consistories

Definition of consistory

1 : a solemn assembly : council
2 : a church tribunal or governing body: such 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 32nd inclusive also : a meeting of such an organization

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Other Words from consistory

consistorial \ ˌkän-​si-​ˈstȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce consistory (audio) \ adjective

Examples of consistory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cardinals were installed in a ceremony, known as a consistory, that was markedly slimmed down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. NBC News, "Pope installs new cardinals, including first African-American," 28 Nov. 2020 This will be the seventh time that Pope Francis has convened a consistory, as the ceremony is known. Washington Post, "Wilton Gregory set to become first Black American cardinal — after three coronavirus tests and a quarantine," 28 Nov. 2020 Archbishop Gregory is one of 13 to be elevated to the rank at a surprise consistory, or ceremony. Kelly Murray, CNN, "Pope Francis appoints America's first Black cardinal, Wilton Gregory," 25 Oct. 2020 With Saturday’s consistory, Francis will have named 52% of the voting-age cardinals. Nicole Winfield, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals," 6 Oct. 2019 With Saturday’s consistory, Francis will have named 52 percent of the voting-age cardinals. BostonGlobe.com, "Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 like-minded cardinals - The Boston Globe," 6 Oct. 2019 Martin was in Rome for the plenary meeting of the Vatican’s communications department, as well as for the consistory Saturday to name 13 new cardinals. Nicole Winfield, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pope meets with Jesuit targeted by right for gay outreach," 30 Sep. 2019 The consistory comes at a fraught time in Francis’ six-year papacy. Nicole Winfield, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals," 6 Oct. 2019 The consistory comes at a fraught time in Francis’ six-year papacy. Washington Post, "Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of consistory

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Consistory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consistory. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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