pertaining to or constituting a synopsis; affording or taking a general view of the principal parts of a subject.
(often initial capital letter) taking a common view: used chiefly in reference to the first three Gospels (synoptic Gospels) Matthew, Mark, and Luke, from their similarity in content, order, and statement.
(often initial capital letter) pertaining to the synoptic Gospels.
(of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke) presenting the narrative of Christ's life, ministry, etc from a point of view held in common by all three, and with close similarities in content, order, etc
of, relating to, or characterizing these three Gospels
(meteorol) showing or concerned with the distribution of meteorological conditions over a wide area at a given time: a synoptic chart
1763, from Modern Latin synopticus, from Greek synoptikos, from synopsis (see synopsis). Specifically of the first three Gospels from 1841, on notion of "giving an account of events from the same point of view."