Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ecclesiastical A governing body of pastors and elders in certain Reformed churches, having jurisdiction over local churches.
  • n. Ecclesiastical The district or churches governed by such a body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A class or order; sort; kind.
  • n. An ecclesiastical body or judicatory in certain churches, such as the Reformed Dutch. It is intermediate between the consistory and the synod, and corresponds to the presbytery in the Presbyterian church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A class or order; sort; kind.
  • n. An ecclesiastical body or judicatory in certain churches, as the Reformed Dutch. It is intermediate between the consistory and the synod, and corresponds to the presbytery in the Presbyterian church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Class; order; sort; specifically, in zoology, a group or division of the taxonomic rank of a class.
  • n. An ecclesiastical judicatory; specifically, in the Reformed (Dutch and French) churches, a judicatory corresponding to a presbytery in the Presbyterian Church. Also class.
  • n. A class in a university, college, or school.

Etymologies

Latin, class of citizens; see class.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin. (Wiktionary)

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