consistory

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Northern French consistorie (secular tribunal) (Old French consistoire), and Late Latin consistorium (waiting room, meeting place of the imperial council). Meaning "Church council" is from early 14th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kənˈsɪstəɹi/
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Noun[edit]

consistory (plural consistories)

  1. A place of standing or staying together; hence, any solemn assembly or council.
  2. The spiritual court of a diocesan bishop held before his chancellor or commissioner in his cathedral church or elsewhere.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hook to this entry?)
  3. An assembly of prelates; a session of the college of cardinals at Rome.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Pius was then hearing of causes in consistory.
  4. A church tribunal or governing body, especially of elders in a Reformed church.
  5. (obsolete) A civil court of justice.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)

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