- 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
- a local or special ecclesiastical council, esp of a diocese, formally convened to discuss ecclesiastical affairs
Word Origin for synod
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.