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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A body of presbyters or elders in the Christian church; the body or class of presbyters taken collectively.
  • noun In churches holding the Presbyterian form of government, a judicatory which ranks next above the session and below the synod.
  • noun The ecclesiastical district or division under the jurisdiction of a presbyter.
  • noun [capitalized] The Presbyterian polity.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A clergyman's house; a parsonage.

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

  • noun A body of elders in the early Christian church.
  • noun (Presbyterian Ch.) 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.
  • noun rare The Presbyterian religion of polity.
  • noun (Arch.) That part of the church reserved for the officiating priest.
  • noun The residence of a priest or clergyman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun building reserved for the officiating clergy

Etymologies

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

[Middle English presbetory, priests' bench, from Late Latin presbyterium, council of elders, from Greek presbuterion, from presbuteros, elder; see presbyter.]

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presbyter +‎ -y

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