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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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My business is at Melun, in a certain presbytery I am acquainted with.
At Melun, D'Artagnan immediately found the presbytery -- a charming house, plastered over red brick, with vines climbing along the gutters, and a cross, in carved stone, surmounting the ridge of the roof.
See, monsieur, if you please; the apartments of the presbytery are empty.
In the meantime, D'Artagnan surveyed the presbytery.
There were no looking-glasses in the Presbytery but uncle had a piece not bigger than my two hands for his shaving.
My sister Therese was keeping house in the Presbytery.
The funniest thing is that it's Therese, I believe, who managed to keep me out of the Presbytery when I went out of my way to look in on them on my return from my visit to the Quartel Real last year.
The presbytery has lost nothing of its charm, nor the garden its brightness.
The minister bowed for the last time to the altar and the still fresh graves; then, followed by his assistant, he slowly took the road back to the presbytery.
Nor was it the blunder of the minister alone, as one of the elders later explained; for it was equally the blunder of the whole Presbytery of Coughleen, which included fifteen churches on Island McGill and the mainland.
John of Jerusalem, whose presbytery was at Baddesley.
An invitation from Stirling Presbytery was read out by the Session Clerk inviting members to attend the Presbytery meeting at Bridge of Allan Parish Church tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm when Presbytery will bid farewell to Rev Maggie Roderick on her demission from MPC on January 27.