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

  • n. A council or an assembly of church officials or churches; an ecclesiastical council.
  • n. A council or an assembly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ecclesiastic council or meeting to consult on church matters.
  • n. An administrative division of churches, either the entire denomination, as in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, or a mid-level division (middle judicatory, district) as in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • n. An assembly or council having civil authority; a legislative body.
  • n. A conjunction of two or more of the heavenly bodies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ecclesiastic council or meeting to consult on church matters.
  • n. An assembly or council having civil authority; a legislative body.
  • n. A conjunction of two or more of the heavenly bodies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An assembly of ecclesiastics or other church delegates duly convoked, pursuant to the law of the church, for the discussion and decision of ecclesiastical affairs; an ecclesiastical council.
  • n. Specifically In Presbyterian churches, the court which ranks above the presbytery, and either is subordinate to a general assembly (as in most of the larger denominations) or is itself the supreme court of the church.
  • n. A meeting, convention, or council.
  • n. In astronomy, a conjunction of two or more planets or stars.
  • n. In the Reformed Dutch Church and in the Reformed German Church of the United States, a body composed of clerical and lay representatives from the classes, having complete supervision of the church and acting as the highest judicatory.
  • n. In the Lutheran Ch., the district council, composed of all the ministers and one lay representative from each congregation in the district
  • n. In the Reformed German Ch., a delegated body of ministers and elders from adjacent classes, subject to the general synod.

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

  • n. a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical business

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, meeting, assembly : sun-, syn- + hodos, way, course.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek σύνοδος (sunodos, "assembly, meeting"), from σύν (sun, "with") (English syn-) + ὁδός (hodos, "way, path"). (Wiktionary)

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