• WordNet 3.6
    • n presbytery building reserved for the officiating clergy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Presbytery A body of elders in the early Christian church.
    • Presbytery (Presbyterian Ch) A judicatory consisting of all the ministers within a certain district, and one layman, who is a ruling elder, from each parish or church, commissioned to represent the church in conjunction with the pastor. This body has a general jurisdiction over the churches under its care, and next below the provincial synod in authority.
    • Presbytery That part of the church reserved for the officiating priest.
    • Presbytery The Presbyterian religion of polity.
    • Presbytery The residence of a priest or clergyman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n presbytery A body of presbyters or elders in the Christian church; the body or class of presbyters taken collectively.
    • n presbytery In churches holding the Presbyterian form of government, a judicatory which ranks next above the session and below the synod. In the Presbyterian Church of the United States its composition and powers are thus defined in its Form of Government: “A presbytery consists of all ministers, and one ruling elder from each congregation, within a certain district…. The Presbytery has power to receive and issue appeals from church-sessions, and references brought before them in an orderly manner; to examine and license candidates for the holy ministry; to ordain, install, remove, and judge ministers; to examine and approve or censure the records of church-sessions; to resolve questions of doctrine or discipline seriously and reasonably proposed; to condemn erroneous opinions which injure the purity or peace of the church; to visit particular churches, for the purpose of inquiring into their state and redressing the evils that may have arisen in them; to unite or divide congregations, at the request of the people, or to form and receive new congregations; and, in general, to order whatever pertains to the spiritual welfare of the churches under their care.'
    • n presbytery The ecclesiastical district or division under the jurisdiction of a presbyter.
    • n presbytery [capitalized] The Presbyterian polity.
    • n presbytery In architecture, the part of the church appropriated to the clergy; in the early church, and in the Greek Church, the space between the altar and apse, or the whole sanctuary; afterward, the space near the altar, or the sedilia; in later medieval and modern use, the space in a cathedral or large church (often raised) between the choir and the altar; less strictly, the choir or chancel. Also presbyterium. See diagram under cathedral.
    • n presbytery A clergyman's house; a parsonage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Presbytery a church court ranking between the Kirk-session and the Synod, consisting of the ministers and one elder, a layman, from each church within a certain district: that part of the church reserved for the officiating priests:
    • Presbytery (R.C.) a clergyman's house
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. presbyterium, Gr. . See Presbyter, and cf. Presbyterium
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. presbyteros, comp. of presbys, old.


In literature:

On the north side, where the presbytery begins, is a queen's head, and on the opposite side a figure with a dog's head.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle" by C. King Eley
In 120 years its solitary presbytery had grown to 135 presbyteries, including 2140 ministers serving 2865 churches and 220,557 communicants.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
The doctor might be here any time and I see Father McCormack coming along from the presbytery.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
One bay of its presbytery and two adjoining chapels have been spared.
"Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine" by Edward A. Freeman
The very name of Exeter gave the members of presbytery the cold creeps.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
On either side of the presbytery the clerestory gallery springs from wall-piers with clustered Purbeck shafts.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
B. Belknapp, were Presbytery's Committee, and John Simmons and John H. Cassidy were the first elders.
"The Kirk on Rutgers Farm" by Frederick Brückbauer
It is to be hoped that at some future time the effigy may be moved back to its place in the Presbytery.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
The general arrangements of the presbytery have been much changed since the middle ages.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
But the day came, at last, when the long-prayed-for permission from the presbytery to open Changte was granted.
"How I Know God Answers Prayer" by Rosalind Goforth

In poetry:

Next, like a plague, loquacious men of marked civility
Swooped down, from heaven alone knows where, upon the presbytery;
Each bird of prey a cushat dove in downy meekness dressed,
And each a fine philanthropist to save him from the rest.
"My Curate's Motor Bike" by John O Brien
The presbytery has gone to pot since this house-keeper came;
She's up-to-date and stylish; but the place is not the same
Since Death's hard summons robbed me of the sterling old machine,
That wore out in my service here-my faithful Josephine.
"Josephine" by John O Brien

In news:

Becky Burton, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, has resigned.
He was the only openly gay member of the national task force that unanimously recommended, among other things, a way for presbyteries to ordain gays and lesbians.
The Presbytery of Coastal Carolina opened Saturday's special meeting with prayers for unity and calls for civility.
Presbytery votes to dismiss four congregations.
The proposed changes would have removed all reference to sexual orientation or behavior, in effect leaving the decision of fitness to serve to the local presbyteries .
The final result for Presbyterian Church USA won't be known until all 173 presbyteries across the country vote.
Presbyterian Camps of Saugatuck (photo courtesy Presbytery of Chicago).
Members of the Presbytery Coordinating Commission have called a special meeting of the Presbytery Assembly of Chicago this afternoon to approve the sale of the Presbyterian Camps in Saugatuck to developer David Barker for 10 million dollars.
It is a member of the Holston Presbytery and is part of the Presbyterian Church USA denomination.
Enlarge John Luttermoser, The Plain Dealer A billboard in Zieh Town, Liberia , promotes education near the site of the under-construction Dougbe River Presbyterian School, a mission of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve.
Stocks said the presbytery's 27-member Committee on Ministry has been the key agency reviewing contract pastors like Masters and also supports churches in covering pulpit vacancies.
"She has been interviewed and highly approved by our Presbytery Committee on Ministry".
Fry--a fourth-generation Presbyterian --was ordained on October 16, 1983 and is a member of the Palo Duro Presbytery .
The service was held by a group of ministers and ruling elders representing the Presbytery of South Alabama.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan 27, at 10:30 am at Eckert Presbyterial Church with Reverend Jo DeVinney and Reverend George Miller officiating.