noun, plural clas·ses [klas-eez] /ˈklæs iz/. (in certain Reformed churches)
  1. the organization of pastors and elders that governs a group of local churches; a presbytery.
  2. the group of churches governed by such an organization.

Origin of classis

1585–95; < Latin: class Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural classes (ˈklæsiːz) (in some Reformed Churches)
  1. a governing body of elders or pastors
  2. the district or group of local churches directed by such a body

Word Origin for classis

C16: from Latin; see class
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