[ kuh n-sis-tuh-ree ]
/ kənˈsɪs tə ri /

noun, plural con·sis·to·ries.

Origin of consistory

1275–1325; Middle English consistorie < Anglo-French < Late Latin consistōrium meeting place, equivalent to Latin consist(ere) (see consist) + -(t)ōrium -tory2


con·sis·to·ri·al [kon-si-stawr-ee-uh l, -stohr-] /ˌkɒn sɪˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-/, con·sis·to·ri·an, adjectivenon·con·sis·to·ri·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for consistory

/ (kənˈsɪstərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

Church of England
  1. the court of a diocese (other than Canterbury) administering ecclesiastical law
  2. the area in a church where the consistory meets
RC Church an assembly of the cardinals and the pope
(in certain Reformed Churches) the governing body of a local congregation or church
archaic a council or assembly

Derived forms of consistory

consistorial (ˌkɒnsɪˈstɔːrɪəl) or consistorian, adjective

Word Origin for consistory

C14: from Old French consistorie, from Medieval Latin consistōrium ecclesiastical tribunal, ultimately from Latin consistere to stand still
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