synod

noun syn·od \ ˈsi-nəd also -ˌnäd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

synodal

play \ˈsi-nə-dᵊl, -ˌnä-; sə-ˈnä-dᵊl\ adjective

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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

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SYNOD Defined for English Language Learners

synod

noun

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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