Definition of presbytery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprezbɪtri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprezbɪteri//
    (pl. presbyteries)
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  1. 1a local council of the Presbyterian Church
  2. 2 a house where a Roman Catholic priest lives
  3. 3part of a church, near the east end, beyond the choir
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (3)): from Old French presbiterie, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek presbuterion, from presbuteros ‘elder’ (used in the New Testament to denote an elder of the early church), comparative of presbus ‘old (man)’.
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