synod

noun
syn·​od | \ ˈsi-nəd also -ˌnäd How to pronounce synod (audio) \

Definition of synod

1 : an ecclesiastical governing or advisory council: such 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
2 : the ecclesiastical district governed by a synod

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Other Words from synod

synodal \ ˈsi-​nə-​dᵊl How to pronounce synodal (audio) , -​ˌnä-​ ; sə-​ˈnä-​dᵊl \ adjective

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On Tuesday, the Vatican released the details of the upcoming bishops' synod, or meeting, the third in a series of major global gatherings about the family. Michelle Boorstein, chicagotribune.com, "For what's believed to be the first time, the Vatican uses the term 'LGBT' in official document," 20 June 2018 The Vatican tightly controls the agenda at synods, restricting opportunities for spontaneous interventions by bishops. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Sex Abuse Looms Over Planned Vatican Meeting," 6 Sep. 2018 On Tuesday, the Vatican released the details of the bishops’ synod, or meeting, the third in major global gatherings about the family. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "For what’s believed to be the first time, the Vatican uses the term ‘LGBT’ in official document," 20 June 2018 On Tuesday, the Vatican released details of the upcoming bishops’ synod, the third in a series of major global gatherings about the family. Michelle Boorstein, BostonGlobe.com, "For the first time, Vatican uses the term LGBT in an official document," 21 June 2018 She was ordained in 2001, worked in clergy development for the synod, and founded Yeadon’s Spirit and Truth Worship Center congregation in 2006. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "Lutheran minister from Philly overcame misgivings to make history as first black female bishop," 23 May 2018 The issue of women’s roles in the church is already on the agenda for the next two upcoming synods of bishops — the regular meetings of church leaders at the Vatican. Washington Post, "Vatican panel: Bishops should meet on women’s role in church," 12 Apr. 2018 The Delaware-Maryland synod, which governs more than 170 congregations in its two-state territory, has had mixed success in dealing with the trend. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Closure of 166-year-old church in South Baltimore 'the end of an era in that corner of the kingdom'," 18 May 2018 The local synod is one of the most diverse in the ELCA, according to Burkat. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "Lutheran minister from Philly overcame misgivings to make history as first black female bishop," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of synod

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synod

Middle English sinod, from Late Latin synodus, from Late Greek synodos, from Greek, meeting, assembly, from syn- + hodos way, journey

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synod

noun

English Language Learners Definition of synod

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

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