Meaning of presbytery

pres•by•ter•y

Pronunciation: (prez'bi-ter"ē, pres'-), [key]
— pl. -ter•ies.
  1. a body of presbyters or elders.
  2. (in Presbyterian churches) an ecclesiastical court 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. a rectory.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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