consistory[kən sis′tə rē]
- Obsolete a meeting place for a council or court
- the meeting of a council
- a church council or court, as the papal senate, a council of deacons, etc.
- a session of such a body
Origin: Middle English consistorie ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin consistorium, place of assembly, council ; from consistere: see consist
- consistorial adjective
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noun 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.
- The meeting of a consistory.
- A council; a tribunal.
Origin: Middle English consistorie, from Old French, from Latin cōnsistōrium, place of assembly, from cōnsistere, to stand together; see consist.
- conˌsis·toˈri·al adjective