synod

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

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

Other Words from synod

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

Examples of synod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, a special committee has revealed the priorities for the next decade of American astronomy, like a synod giving word from on high. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 4 Nov. 2021 In wake of priest abuse scandal, historic synod seeks input from all corners of the globe. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 The German synod is part of a churchwide process that includes meetings of bishops and laity in Australia and Mexico, in October and November respectively. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 Leaders of the German synod acknowledge wide divergences with the global church. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 16 July 2021 The pope may yet employ other means to restrain the German synod’s progressive tilt. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 16 July 2021 Metropolitan New York Synod said he has been dismayed by some aspects of Facebook but welcomes the feature, which bears similarities to a digital prayer request already used by the synod’s churches. Holly Meyer And David Crary, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021 Metropolitan New York Synod said he has been dismayed by some aspects of Facebook but welcomes the feature, which bears similarities to a digital prayer request already used by the synod’s churches. NBC News, 9 Aug. 2021 Yet even before the Germans started their synod last year, Pope Francis was calling on them to show restraint. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 16 July 2021

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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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22 Nov 2021

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“Synod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synod. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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