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

  • n. A court composed of Presbyterian Church ministers and representative elders of a particular locality.
  • n. The district represented by this court.
  • n. Presbyters considered as a group.
  • n. Government of a church by presbyters.
  • n. The section of a church reserved for the clergy.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church The residence of a priest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The home of a Roman Catholic parish priest.
  • n. A body of elders in the early Christian church.
  • n. A section of the church reserved for the clergy.
  • n. Presbyters collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A body of elders in the early Christian church.
  • n. A judicatory consisting of all the ministers within a certain district, and one layman, who is a ruling elder, from each parish or church, commissioned to represent the church in conjunction with the pastor. This body has a general jurisdiction over the churches under its care, and next below the provincial synod in authority.
  • n. The Presbyterian religion of polity.
  • n.
  • n. That part of the church reserved for the officiating priest.
  • n. The residence of a priest or clergyman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A body of presbyters or elders in the Christian church; the body or class of presbyters taken collectively.
  • n. In churches holding the Presbyterian form of government, a judicatory which ranks next above the session and below the synod.
  • n. The ecclesiastical district or division under the jurisdiction of a presbyter.
  • n. [capitalized] The Presbyterian polity.
  • n. In architecture, the part of the church appropriated to the clergy; in the early church, and in the Greek Church, the space between the altar and apse, or the whole sanctuary; afterward, the space near the altar, or the sedilia; in later medieval and modern use, the space in a cathedral or large church (often raised) between the choir and the altar; less strictly, the choir or chancel. Also presbyterium. See diagram under cathedral.
  • n. A clergyman's house; a parsonage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. building reserved for the officiating clergy

Etymologies

Middle English presbetory, priests' bench, from Late Latin presbyterium, council of elders, from Greek presbuterion, from presbuteros, elder; see presbyter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
presbyter +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

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