Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A class or order; sort; kind.
  • noun (Eccl.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete A class or order; sort; kind.
  • noun obsolete, religion 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.

Etymologies

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

[Latin, class of citizens; see class.]

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Latin.

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