noun, plural pres·by·ter·ies.
Examples from the Web for presbytery
On arriving home the peasant found his father already seated at table, for he came late through his visit to the presbytery.Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
The first organization here was made in 1706, and known as the Presbytery of Philadelphia.
He was then licensed by the Presbytery, and has been preaching the gospel ever since that time.The Choctaw Freedmen|Robert Elliott Flickinger
There were no looking-glasses in the Presbytery but uncle had a piece not bigger than my two hands for his shaving.The Arrow of Gold|Joseph Conrad
On either side of the presbytery the clerestory gallery springs from wall-piers with clustered Purbeck shafts.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester|G. H. Palmer
British Dictionary definitions for presbytery
noun plural -teries
- a local Church court composed of ministers and elders
- the congregations or churches within the jurisdiction of any such court
Word Origin for presbytery
Word Origin and History for presbytery
"part of a church reserved for the clergy," early 15c., from Church Latin presbyterium, from Greek presbyterion, from presbyteros "an elder" (see Presbyterian). Meaning "body of elders in the Presbyterian system" is recorded from 1570s.