Dictionary.com

consistory

[ kuhn-sis-tuh-ree ]
/ kənˈsɪs tə ri /
Save This Word!

noun, plural con·sis·to·ries.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

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

OTHER WORDS FROM consistory

con·sis·to·ri·al [kon-si-stawr-ee-uhl, -stohr-], /ˌkɒn sɪˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-/, con·sis·to·ri·an, adjectivenon·con·sis·to·ri·al, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use consistory in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for consistory

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK