- a body of presbyters or elders.
- (in Presbyterian churches) an ecclesiastical court consisting of all the ministers and one or two presbyters from each congregation in a district.
- the churches under the jurisdiction of a presbytery.
- the part of a church appropriated to the clergy.
- Roman Catholic Church. a rectory.
Origin of presbytery
Examples from the Web for presbytery
The pavement of this presbytery is worthy of particular attention.Italy, the Magic Land
From springtime until autumn the presbytery was redolent of mignonette.Balthasar
He was buried close to the presbytery, and his wife was, in 1409, buried next to him.Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury
H. J. L. J. Mass
Prelacy, he knew, was but the King's choice for the nation: Presbytery was the nation's choice for itself.Andrew Melville
He recommended the appointment of an English bishop and a Scots' presbytery.
- Presbyterian Church
- a local Church court composed of ministers and elders
- the congregations or churches within the jurisdiction of any such court
- the part of a cathedral or church east of the choir, in which the main altar is situated; sanctuary
- presbyters or elders collectively
- government of a church by presbyters or elders
- RC Church the residence of a parish priest
Word Origin and History for presbytery
"part of a church reserved for the clergy," early 15c., from Church Latin presbyterium, from Greek presbyterion, from presbyteros "an elder" (see Presbyterian). Meaning "body of elders in the Presbyterian system" is recorded from 1570s.