From French syndicat (“office of a syndic; board of syndics; trade union”), from syndic (“syndic; representative; chief magistrate of Geneva”) + -at (“suffix denoting an action or result of an action”), from Medieval Latin *syndicatus, from syndicus (“representative of a corporation or town; syndic”) (from Ancient Greek σύνδικος (súndikos, “advocate for a defendant”), from σύν (sún, “beside; with”) + δίκη (díkē, “judgment; justice”)) + -ātus (“suffix forming adjectives from nouns indicating the possession of a thing or a quality”).
Compare Italian sindacato (“syndicate; trade union; audit, control, supervision”), Occitan sendegat, Portuguese sindicato (“trade union”), Spanish sindicado, sindicato (“office of a syndic; syndicate; trade union”).
- Noun: (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɪndɪkət/
- Verb: (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɪndɪkeɪt/
- Hyphenation: syn‧dic‧ate
syndicate (plural syndicates)
- A group of individuals or companies formed to transact some specific business, or to promote a common interest; a self-coordinating group.
a gambling syndicate
- The office or jurisdiction of a syndic; a body or council of syndics.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Burnet to this entry?)
- (intransitive) To become a syndicate.
- (transitive) To put under the control of a group acting as a unit.
- (transitive, mass media) To release media content through a syndicate to be broadcast or published through multiple outlets.