Consistory meaning

kən-sĭs'tə-rē
The meeting of a consistory.
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A council; a tribunal.
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Primarily, a place of standing or staying together; hence, any solemn assembly or council.
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The spiritual court of a diocesan bishop held before his chancellor or commissioner in his cathedral church or elsewhere.

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An assembly of prelates; a session of the college of cardinals at Rome.
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A church tribunal or governing body, especially of elders in a Reformed church.
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Origin of consistory

  • Middle English consistorie from Old French from Latin cōnsistōrium place of assembly from cōnsistere to stand together consist
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old Northern French consistorie (“secular tribunal”) (Old French consistoire), and Late Latin consistorium (“waiting room, meeting place of the imperial council”). Meaning "Church council" is from early 14th century.
    From Wiktionary