Definitions

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

  • n. A prolonged session, as for discussion.

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  • n. A formal meeting, especially of a judicial or ecclesiastical body.
  • n. Those people present at such a meeting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sitting, as of a court or other body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. There sat: a word used in minutes of the meetings of courts and other bodies in noting that such and such members were present and composed the meeting: as, sederunt A. B., C. D., etc. (that is, there sat or were present A. B., C. D., etc.).
  • n. n. A single sitting or meeting of a court; also, a more or less formal meeting or sitting of any association, society, or company of men.
  • n. A Scotch statute of 1692 relating to the formalities of publicity in conveying lands.

Etymologies

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

From Latin sēdērunt, third person pl. perfect tense of sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin sederunt ("there were sitting").

Examples

  • The Ballot Question — oldest of dialectic nightmares — is often found astride of a somnolent sederunt.

    Lay Morals

  • Et sederunt coram eo primogenitus secundum primogenituram suam, et parvus juxta parvitatem suam: et admirati sunt viri unusquisque ad proximum suum.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • Postea sederunt ut comederent panem, et levaverunt oculos suos, et viderunt, et ecce turba Ismaelitarum veeniebat de Gilhad, et cameli eorum portabant aromata, et resinam, et stacten, iter facientes ut deferrent in Aegyptum.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • For a time she bustled round him, with all her vexation gone, saying nothing of his sederunt with her brothers.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • Baron showed no disinclination to conclude their somewhat dull sederunt and consent to an early retirement.

    Doom Castle

  • Quia illic sederunt sedes in judicio, sedes super domum David.

    The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book

  • ‘No, no, not quite all, ’ said Pleydell, winking sagaciously; ‘there are some interrogatories which I shall delay till to-morrow, for it is time, I believe, to close the sederunt for this night, or rather morning.

    Chapter L

  • They held a sederunt, and were filled with tremulous joy, for, in spite of their familiarity with all the other worlds and cycles, they had a very human awe of things sent from Ghost-land.

    Soldiers Three

  • It would have formed an amusement to the circle at Merton, if intemperance were set down to the master of the house, who always so prematurely cut short the sederunt of the gentlemen after dinner.

    The Life of Nelson

  • They held a sederunt, and were filled with tremulous joy, for, in spite of their familiarity with all the other worlds and cycles, they had a very human awe of things sent from ghostland.

    The Lock and Key Library Classic Mystery and Detective Stories: Modern English

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  • The smallest seat in any given meeting room.

    January 15, 2013

  • A prolonged sitting (as for discussion).

    May 13, 2008