Definition of synod
1 : an ecclesiastical governing or advisory council: such asa : an assembly of bishops in the Roman Catholic Churchb : the governing assembly of an Episcopal provincec : a Presbyterian governing body ranking between the presbytery and the general assemblyd : a regional or national organization of Lutheran congregations
2 : the ecclesiastical district governed by a synod
synodalplay \ˈsi-nə-dəl, -ˌnä-; sə-ˈnä-dəl\ adjective
Recent Examples of synod from the Web
Fundamentalist and Independent Baptist pastors, along with Lutheran pastors in the Wisconsin and Missouri synods, are strongly Republican.
Leaders of the Russian Byzantine Catholic Church, with fewer than 30,000 members world-wide, are meeting in Italy this week in their first such synod in a century.
Hying got the idea to hold a Synod shortly after arriving to the Diocese in January 2015, said synod coordinator Deacon Bob Marben.
Both synods were contentious and, the participants said afterward, ultimately enlightening.
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Origin and Etymology of synod
Middle English sinod, from Late Latin synodus, from Late Greek synodos, from Greek, meeting, assembly, from syn- + hodos way, journey
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
SYNOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of synod for English Language Learners
: 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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