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n. pl. con·sis·to·ries
a. Roman Catholic Church An assembly of cardinals presided over by the pope for the solemn promulgation of papal acts, such as the canonization of a saint.
b. A governing body of a local congregation in certain Reformed churches.
c. A court appointed to regulate ecclesiastical affairs in Lutheran state churches.
d. An Anglican diocesan court presided over by a bishop's chancellor or commissary.
2. The meeting of a consistory.
3. A council; a tribunal.

[Middle English consistorie, from Old French, from Latin cōnsistōrium, place of assembly, from cōnsistere, to stand together; see consist.]

con′sis·to′ri·al (kŏn′sĭ-stôr′ē-əl) adj.


n, pl -ries
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Church of England
a. the court of a diocese (other than Canterbury) administering ecclesiastical law
b. the area in a church where the consistory meets
2. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church an assembly of the cardinals and the pope
3. (Protestantism) (in certain Reformed Churches) the governing body of a local congregation or church
4. archaic a council or assembly
[C14: from Old French consistorie, from Medieval Latin consistōrium ecclesiastical tribunal, ultimately from Latin consistere to stand still]
consistorial, ˌconsisˈtorian adj


(kənˈsɪs tə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. any of various ecclesiastical councils or tribunals.
2. the place where such a body meets.
3. the meeting of any such body.
4. a solemn assembly of Roman Catholic cardinals summoned and presided over by the pope.
5. a bishop's court in the Anglican Church for dealing with ecclesiastical and spiritual questions.
6. the local governing board of certain Reform churches.
7. any assembly or council.
8. Obs. a council chamber.
[1275–1325; Middle English consistorie < Anglo-French < Late Latin consistōrium meeting place]
con•sis•to•ri•al (ˌkɒn sɪˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-) con`sis•to′ri•an, adj.


 a solemn council; a court; an ecclesiastical senate. See also conclave.
Examples: consistory of bishops, of martyrs, 1641; of saints, 1641; of senators, 1660.
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Noun1.consistory - a church tribunal or governing bodyconsistory - a church tribunal or governing body
court, judicature, tribunal - an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
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There were a great many bundles of papers on it, some endorsed as Allegations, and some (to my surprise) as Libels, and some as being in the Consistory Court, and some in the Arches Court, and some in the Prerogative Court, and some in the Admiralty Court, and some in the Delegates' Court; giving me occasion to wonder much, how many Courts there might be in the gross, and how long it would take to understand them all.
But the Diocese of Newcastle Consistory Court, which rules over decisions on churches and their grounds, refused her application.
He applies ecclesiastical law and presides over a court known at the consistory court which is peculiar to the Church of England because of its role as the state church.
A rare Consistory Court of the Church of England will be con vened at St Hildeburgh's Church, in Hoylake, to decide whether families should remove additions which have been made tograves.
With both parties refusing to back down, the terrible mix-up went to a Consistory Court hearing last week for a ruling on whether Mr Hastelow's body should be exhumed.
Loreen Giese, both in private conversation and in an unpublished paper, confirms that in consistory court depositions with female witnesses, windows may occasionally be referred to when they look onto closed courtyards, but not when they overlook the public street.
The Consistory Court will convene on Saturday at St Hildeburgh's when DavidTurner,QC,High Court Judge and Chancellor of the Diocese of Chester, will hear the arguments and make the ruling.
In addition to needing planning permission from the local authority, it will also need to the approval of the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Lichfield.
Mr Carter told a hearing of the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Lichfield: "This tragic error, which has caused considerable grief to both families, was entirely my fault.
It is believed that di Castiglione is the first cleric ever to be summoned by the church's ancient Consistory Court for making unauthorised changes.
Two church wardens, Mike Carter and Patricia Roberts, were also served with a citation by the Consistory Court in connection with the controversial refurbishment.
In a 7,000-word judgement, the Church of England's consistory court dismissed claims the skull was snatched from Shakespeare's tomb.