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

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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 Throughout their six-year term, Rohrer will lead the synod, or a geographical grouping of congregations, which includes northern California and parts of Nevada. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 12 May 2021 Rohrer, who is scheduled to begin their six-year term on Sept. 11, campaigned on a promise to promote low-income housing in the Bay Area and address potentially discriminatory policies within the synod, Religion News Service reported. NBC News, 12 May 2021 Rohrer’s synod comprises nearly 200 congregations in Central and Northern California and northern Nevada. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 Sierra Pacific synod on Saturday (May 8), becoming the first transgender person to serve as bishop in the denomination or in any of the U.S.’ major Christian faiths. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2021 Conservative bishops in both the U.S. and Germany have warned that the German synod could lead the church into a split with the rest of the Catholic world. Ian Lovett, WSJ, 20 Mar. 2021 The German bishops voted to move forward with the synod anyway. Tim Busch, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021 Sometime between Pfizer’s successful vaccine trial last fall and Meghan Markle’s synod with Oprah this winter, the NFT craze began. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile in Germany, bishops and leading lay Catholics are engaged in a national synod considering major changes to church life, including the possibility of women clergy, married priests and changes to church teaching on sexuality. Ian Lovett, WSJ, 20 Mar. 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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26 May 2021

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“Synod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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