Consistory



[kuh n-sis-tuh-ree] /kənˈsɪs tə ri/

noun, plural consistories.
1.
any of various ecclesiastical councils or tribunals.
2.
the place where such a council or tribunal meets.
3.
the meeting of any such body.
4.
Roman Catholic Church. a solemn assembly of the whole body of cardinals, summoned and presided over by the pope.
5.
Anglican Church. a diocesan court for dealing with ecclesiastical and spiritual questions, held in the cathedral church and presided over by the bishop, the bishop’s chancellor, or the commissary.
6.
(in certain Reformed churches) the governing board of a local church or congregation.
7.
any assembly or council.
8.
Obsolete. a council chamber.
/kənˈsɪstərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(Church of England)

2.
(RC Church) an assembly of the cardinals and the pope
3.
(in certain Reformed Churches) the governing body of a local congregation or church
4.
(archaic) a council or assembly
n.

c.1300, “secular tribunal,” from Old North French consistorie (Old French consistoire, 12c.) and directly from Late Latin consistorium “waiting room, meeting place of the imperial council,” from Latin consistere (see consist). Meaning “Church council” is from early 14c.

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