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 (prĕz′bĭ-tĕr′ē, prĕs′-)
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.]


(ˈprɛzbɪtərɪ; -trɪ)
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]


(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.
[1425–75; late Middle English presbetory priests' bench (< Old French presbitere) < Medieval Latin presbyterium priesthood, Late Latin: group of elders < Greek presbytérion. See presbyter, -y3]


 a body of elders of the church, 1611; ministers and elders of the Presbyterian Church, collectively, 1628.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.presbytery - building reserved for the officiating clergypresbytery - 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"
church building, church - a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty"


[ˈprezbɪtərɪ] Ncasa f parroquial (Archit) → presbiterio m


[ˈprɛzbɪtəri] npresbytère mpre-school preschool [ˌpriːˈskuːl]
adj [education, age, programme] → préscolaire; [child] → d'âge préscolaire
[ˈpriːskuːl] n (US)école f maternelle


n (= priest’s house)(katholisches) Pfarrhaus; (part of church) → Presbyterium nt


[ˈprɛzbɪtrɪ] npresbiterio
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