- an ecclesiastical council; specif.,
- R.C.Ch. a regional or international meeting of bishops; also, a meeting of diocesan priests, the diocesan bishop presiding
- Eastern Orthodox Ch. Holy Synod
- a high governing body in certain Christian churches; specif.,
- a Presbyterian governing body ranking between the general assembly and presbytery
- a national or district organization of Lutheran or certain other Protestant churches
- a district governed or represented by a Protestant synod
- any assembly or council
Origin of synodME, altered (after LL) ; from Old English sinoth ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin synodus ; from Ecclesiastical Late Greek synodos, church synod ; from Gr, a meeting, literally , a coming together ; from syn-, together + hodos, way: see -ode
- A council or an assembly of church officials or churches; an ecclesiastical council.
- A council or an assembly.
Origin of synodMiddle English, from Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, meeting, assembly : sun-, syn- + hodos, way, course.
- An ecclesiastic council or meeting to consult on church matters.
- An administrative division of churches, either the entire denomination, as in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, or a mid-level division (middle judicatory, district) as in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- An assembly or council having civil authority; a legislative body.
- (astronomy) A conjunction of two or more of the heavenly bodies.
Usage differs between different churches - see uses in different Communions.
Ancient Greek ÏƒÏÎ½Î¿Î´Î¿Ï‚ (sunodos, “assembly, meeting"), from ÏƒÏÎ½ (sun, “with") (English syn-) + á½Î´ÏŒÏ‚ (hodos, “way, path").