from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A formal agreement; a compact.
- n. Roman Catholic Church An agreement between the pope and a government for the regulation of church affairs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A formal agreement between two parties, especially between a church and a state; specifically, an agreement between the Pope and a government.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A compact, covenant, or agreement concerning anything.
- n. An agreement made between the pope and a sovereign or government for the regulation of ecclesiastical matters with which both are concerned.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An agreement; a compact; a convention; especially, an agreement between church and state.
- n. Specifically— In canon law, a compact, covenant, or agreement concerning some beneficiary matter, as a resignation, permutation, promotion, or the like.
- n. In civil law, a composition deed.
- n. A convention or treaty between the see of Rome and any secular government, with a view to arrange ecclesiastical relations. The most celebrated modern concordat is that concluded in 1801 between Napoleon Bonaparte as first consul and Pius VII., defining. the restored privileges of the Roman Catholic Church in France, and regulating in detail the relations between the ecclesiastical and civil powers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
French, from Medieval Latin concordātum, from neuter past participle of Latin concordāre, to agree; see concordant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French concordat, from Latin concordatum. (Wiktionary)