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1. A council or an assembly of church officials or churches; an ecclesiastical council.
2. A council or an assembly.
[Middle English, from Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, meeting, assembly : sun-, syn- + hodos, way, course.]
syn′od·al (sĭn′ə-dl) adj.
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a local or special ecclesiastical council, esp of a diocese, formally convened to discuss ecclesiastical affairs
[C14: from Late Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, from syn- + hodos a way]
ˈsynodal, synˈodical adj
1. an assembly of ecclesiastics or other church delegates that discusses and decides upon church affairs; ecclesiastical council.
2. any council.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin synodus < Greek sýnodos meeting =syn- syn- + hodós way]
Synodan assembly of the clergy; of ministers or elders.
Examples: synod of greedy caterpillars, 1580; of cooks, 1763; of peers, 1849; of prelates; of all sweets, 1649.