synod

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noun syn·od \ˈsi-nəd also -ˌnäd\

Definition of synod

  1. 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. 2 :  the ecclesiastical district governed by a synod

synodal

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

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 century

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SYNOD Defined for English Language Learners

synod

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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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