noun, plural con·sis·to·ries.
Origin of consistory
Examples from the Web for consistory
But at a consistory of cardinals in Vatican City on Monday, Francis made his case.
The law was made for man; the claims and instincts of womanhood must override the decrees of any Consistory Court.Lola Montez|Edmund B. d'Auvergne
He died in 1451 as administrator of the consistory of the Utraquist Church.A History of Bohemian Literature|Count Ltzow
Both chapels are stone-vaulted, but the northern has a feature which is not found in the Consistory Court.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Lincoln|A. F. Kendrick
The Consistory of Brandenburg, within whose jurisdiction Berlin lies, refused to admit him on account of his heterodox views.Practical Essays|Alexander Bain
Here he was held in high esteem, and in 1715 became Primarius of his faculty and member of the Consistory.
British Dictionary definitions for consistory
noun plural -ries
- the court of a diocese (other than Canterbury) administering ecclesiastical law
- the area in a church where the consistory meets
Word Origin for consistory
Word Origin and History for consistory
c.1300, "secular tribunal," from Old North French consistorie (Old French consistoire, 12c.) and directly from Late Latin consistorium "waiting room, meeting place of the imperial council," from Latin consistere (see consist). Meaning "Church council" is from early 14c.