[ sin-uh d ]
/ ˈsɪn əd /


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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for synodal


/ (ˈsɪnəd, ˈsɪnɒd) /


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 synodal



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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