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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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 a body of elders of the church, 1611; ministers and elders of the Presbyterian Church, collectively, 1628.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"
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[ˈprezbɪtərɪ] Ncasa f parroquial (Archit) → presbiterio m
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[ˈprɛzbɪtəri] npresbytère mpre-school preschool [ˌpriːˈskuːl]
adj [education, age, programme] → préscolaire; [child] → d'âge préscolaire
[ˈpriːskuːl] n (US)école f maternelle
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n (= priest’s house)(katholisches) Pfarrhaus; (part of church) → Presbyterium nt
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[ˈprɛzbɪtrɪ] npresbiterio
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So, I hope and pray that sharing this with my readers will spark some ideas and actions in other synods and presbyteries. I would certainly offer our resources to help coordinate an event to share needs and approaches so that others can benefit from what has already been learned.
The denominational legislative actions ruffling feathers in Bush country originated in presbyteries east, west or north.
The resolution, which had failed in different forms in recent years, needed approval from both the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly as well as from presbyteries; 97 of the denomination's 173 presbyteries voted to approve the new policy.
The first step that had to be taken after the uniting general assembly was to constitute the new presbyteries. Within two months all 18 presbyteries had been constituted by members of the Special Commission on Union (SCU), a joint commission set up by the assemblies of the uniting churches a year before union.
The church's general assembly voted last summer to recommend overturning that law, and since October the church's regional legislatures have been voting on whether to keep or repeal that ban, with a decision requiring agreement by at least 87 of the 173 presbyteries. The Presbytery of South Louisiana on February 19 cast the 87th and final vote needed to keep the ban in place.
Neither side would give assurance of safe passage to the other and so it was dangerous to travel between parts of the presbyteries of Haddington and Dalkeith in which the lands of these lairds lay.
The 1992 Overture to General Assembly proposing the new presbytery stated: "the congregations within and surrounding York Region have been thus affected [by growth and new developments] with the result that new communities and old have a new sense of identity as part of a region." The Presbyteries of Barrie, Pickering, Lindsay-Peterborough, West Toronto and East Toronto each contributed congregations to the new presbytery.
OVT 46 >> Issue an authoritative interpretation regarding the roles of presbyteries and the General Assembly in determining which other Reformed denominations may receive for transfer a PC(USA) congregation.
Sixty-nine presbyteries had voted to rescind the law, about two dozen more than when the last vote was taken in 2001.
Under the Presbyterian system, the measure to ban same-sex ceremonies was passed by the national assembly last June and sent to 173 regional legislatures, known as "presbyteries," for ratification.
The presbyteries of East Toronto and Calgary-Macleod both agreed at their November meetings to ask the church's highest court to make the denomination more inclusive for homosexual members, ministers and candidates for ministry.
Many presbyteries see those shifts too--such as San Gabriel, where half of the 44 churches worshiped in languages other than English.