Definitions

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

  • n. Roman Catholic Church An assembly of cardinals presided over by the pope for the solemn promulgation of papal acts, such as the canonization of a saint.
  • n. A governing body of a local congregation in certain Reformed churches.
  • n. A court appointed to regulate ecclesiastical affairs in Lutheran state churches.
  • n. An Anglican diocesan court presided over by a bishop's chancellor or commissary.
  • n. The meeting of a consistory.
  • n. A council; a tribunal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Primarily, a place of standing or staying together; hence, any solemn assembly or council.
  • n. The spiritual court of a diocesan bishop held before his chancellor or commissioner in his cathedral church or elsewhere.
  • n. An assembly of prelates; a session of the college of cardinals at Rome.
  • n. A church tribunal or governing body, especially of elders in a Reformed church.
  • n. A civil court of justice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Primarily, a place of standing or staying together; hence, any solemn assembly or council.
  • n. The spiritual court of a diocesan bishop held before his chancellor or commissioner in his cathedral church or elsewhere.
  • n. An assembly of prelates; a session of the college of cardinals at Rome.
  • n. A church tribunal or governing body.
  • n. A civil court of justice.
  • adj. Of the nature of, or pertaining to, a consistory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place of meeting; especially, a council-house or place of justice, or the assembly which convenes in it; under the Roman emperors, a privy council.
  • n. Hence An ecclesiastical or spiritual court, or the place where such a court is held.
  • n. In the Reformed (Dutch) Ch., the lowest ecclesiastical court, having charge of the government of the local church, and corresponding to the session of the Presbyterian Church. In the Reformed (French) Ch., a higher court, corresponding to a presbytery.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, an ecclesiastical senate, consisting of the whole body of cardinals, which deliberates upon the affairs of the church.
  • n. In the Lutheran state churches, a board of clerical officers, either national or provincial, usually appointed by the sovereign, charged with various matters of ecclesiastical administration.
  • Belonging to or of the nature of a consistory.

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

  • n. a church tribunal or governing body

Etymologies

Middle English consistorie, from Old French, from Latin cōnsistōrium, place of assembly, from cōnsistere, to stand together; see consist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And then, if that were not enough, the pope has called a consistory, which is a meeting of all the cardinals, cardinals being, if you want, the ministers or the number one people in the Catholic Church below the pope, of course.

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  • Speaking to faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square on Friday to celebrate the Epiphany, the pope said he planned to elevate the prelates to the rank of cardinal during a Feb. 18 ceremony, known as a consistory.

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  • Pope Benedict will convene the meeting of " prayer and reflection " for the cardinals on Nov. 19, one day before he elevates 24 new cardinals in a Vatican ceremony known as a consistory, the Vatican said Monday.

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  • The ordination, known as a consistory, was performed in a lavish ceremony Saturday in Saint Peter's Basilica.

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  • David and Ken stick with us, also, David, consistory, that is a good word of the day.

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  • The consistory was the ordinary tribunal and audience of the pope for the transaction of all the business of the Universal Church.

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  • In the preservation of academical discipline, the rector was assisted by the senate (also called the consistory or regency), which usually comprised the preceding rector and three counsellors.

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  • It was demonstrated that the arrangement had only been undertaken to provide the Christian princes with another weapon for attacking the Ottoman Empire, and before this consideration, one may readily suppose, all the pope's scruples vanished; on the 25th of June, therefore, it was decided to call a consistory which was to declare Frederic deposed from the throne of

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