presbytery

noun
pres·​by·​tery | \ˈprez-bə-ˌter-ē, ˈpres-, -bə-trē\
plural presbyteries

Definition of presbytery 

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

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

3 : the jurisdiction of a presbytery

4 : the house of a Roman Catholic parish priest

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On the road into the city from Melbourne, the state capital, the red brick Gothic-like presbytery of St. Alipius immediately stands out. Jacqueline Williams, New York Times, "Cardinal George Pell’s Hometown Breaks Its Silence About Grim Past of Sexual Abuse," 29 Apr. 2018 After carefully filling an ancient presbytery near France’s Loire Valley with a personal library of no fewer than 35,000 volumes, he was compelled to pack them all up again in preparation for a move to a New York apartment. Ernest Hilbert, WSJ, "‘Packing My Library,’ ‘The Book: An Homage’ and ‘Unpacking My Library’ Reviews: Putting Your Self on a Shelf," 13 Apr. 2018 The local presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA asked its leaders last year to embark on a period of self-assessment. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Churches merge and close in Maryland — 8 Episcopal churches shutter since 2007," 23 Oct. 2017 The local presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA asked its leaders last year to embark on a period of self-assessment. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Churches merge and close in Maryland — 8 Episcopal churches shutter since 2007," 23 Oct. 2017 The local presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA asked its leaders last year to embark on a period of self-assessment. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Churches merge and close in Maryland — 8 Episcopal churches shutter since 2007," 23 Oct. 2017 The local presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA asked its leaders last year to embark on a period of self-assessment. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Churches merge and close in Maryland — 8 Episcopal churches shutter since 2007," 23 Oct. 2017 The local presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA asked its leaders last year to embark on a period of self-assessment. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Churches merge, close: 'We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it's a thing of the past'," 10 Oct. 2017 The local presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA asked its leaders last year to embark on a period of self-assessment. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Churches merge, close: 'We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it's a thing of the past'," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of presbytery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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presbytery

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English Language Learners 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

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