synod

[ sin-uh d ]
/ ˈsɪn əd /

noun

an assembly of ecclesiastics or other church delegates, convoked pursuant to the law of the church, for the discussion and decision of ecclesiastical affairs; ecclesiastical council.
any council.

Nearby words

  1. syngraft,
  2. synizesis,
  3. synkaryon,
  4. synkinesis,
  5. synnema,
  6. synod of whitby,
  7. synodic,
  8. synodic month,
  9. synoecious,
  10. synoeciously

Origin of synod

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin synodus < Greek sýnodos meeting, equivalent to syn- syn- + (h)odós way

Related formssyn·od·al, adjectivean·ti·syn·od, adjectivesub·syn·od, nounsub·syn·od·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for synod

synod

/ (ˈsɪnəd, ˈsɪnɒd) /

noun

a local or special ecclesiastical council, esp of a diocese, formally convened to discuss ecclesiastical affairs
Derived Formssynodal or rare synodical, adjective

Word Origin for synod

C14: from Late Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, from syn- + hodos a way

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Word Origin and History for synod

synod

n.

late 14c., "ecclesiastical council," from Late Latin synodus, from Greek synodos "assembly, meeting, conjunction of planets," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + hodos "a going, a way" (see cede). Used by Presbyterians for "assembly of ministers and other elders" from 1593 to c.1920, when replaced by General Council.

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