the highest court and council of the ancient Jewish nation, having religious and civil functions: it was abolished with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70
also Chiefly Brit.San′he·drim·
Origin of SanhedrinTalmudic Hebrew sanhedrin (gedola), (great) council ; from Classical Greek synedrion, assembly ; from syn-, together + hedra, seat
The highest judicial and ecclesiastical council of the ancient Jewish nation, composed of from 70 to 72 members.
Origin of SanhedrinHebrew sanhedrîn, from Greek sunedrion, council, from sunedros, sitting in council : sun-, syn- + hedra, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.