[ sin-dik ]

  1. a person chosen to represent and transact business for a corporation, as a university.

  2. a civil magistrate having different powers in different countries.

Origin of syndic

1595–1605; <French <Late Latin syndicus city official <Greek sýndikos counsel for defendant, equivalent to syn-syn- + dik- (stem of dikḗ) justice + -os noun suffix

Other words from syndic

  • syn·dic·ship, noun

Words Nearby syndic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use syndic in a sentence

  • Yet, despite his recognition by the syndic de la Haute Couture, very few in the west have heard of Valentin Yudashkin.

  • Thus Callixtus became the syndic of the public cemetery of the church, which still bears his name.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • The syndic of Tours is not accustomed to be thus talked to by strolling jesters from foreign parts.

    Quentin Durward | Sir Walter Scott
  • M. Chouet, at that time first syndic, wrote me a polite but very cold letter, which will be found amongst my papers.

  • The syndic turned to the student, and licked his lips, his features more pinched than usual.

    The Long Night | Stanley Weyman
  • The young man bowed and waited, standing where he was, until the bustle attending the syndic's departure had quite died away.

    The Long Night | Stanley Weyman

British Dictionary definitions for syndic


/ (ˈsɪndɪk) /

  1. British a business agent of some universities or other bodies

  2. (in several countries) a government administrator or magistrate with varying powers

Origin of syndic

C17: via Old French from Late Latin syndicus, from Greek sundikos defendant's advocate, from syn- + dikē justice

Derived forms of syndic

  • syndicship, noun
  • syndical, adjective

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