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n. pl. pres·by·ter·ies
a. A court composed of Presbyterian Church ministers and representative elders of a particular locality.
b. The district represented by this court.
2. Presbyters considered as a group.
3. Government of a church by presbyters.
4. The section of a church reserved for the clergy.
5. Roman Catholic Church The residence of a priest.
[Middle English presbetory, priests' bench, from Late Latin presbyterium, council of elders, from Greek presbuterion, from presbuteros, elder; see presbyter.]
n, pl -teries
1. (Protestantism) Presbyterian Church
a. a local Church court composed of ministers and elders
b. the congregations or churches within the jurisdiction of any such court
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the part of a cathedral or church east of the choir, in which the main altar is situated; sanctuary
3. (Protestantism) presbyters or elders collectively
4. (Protestantism) government of a church by presbyters or elders
5. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the residence of a parish priest
[C15: from Old French presbiterie, from Church Latin presbyterium, from Greek presbyterion; see presbyter]
pres•by•ter•y(ˈprɛz bɪˌtɛr i, ˈprɛs-)
n., pl. -ter•ies.
1. a body of presbyters or elders.
2. (in Presbyterian churches) an ecclesiastical assembly consisting of all the ministers and one or two presbyters from each congregation in a district.
3. the churches under the jurisdiction of a presbytery.
4. the part of a church appropriated to the clergy.
5. Rom. Cath. Ch. rectory.
Presbyterya body of elders of the church, 1611; ministers and elders of the Presbyterian Church, collectively, 1628.
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|Noun||1.||presbytery - building reserved for the officiating clergy|
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"