presbytery [prez′bə ter΄ē, pres′bə ter΄ē]
pl. presbyteries [ME presbetory < OFr presbiterie < LL(Ec) presbyterium, council of elders < Gr(Ec) presbyterion < Gr presbyteros, elder: see PRIEST]
1. Presbyterian Ch.
a) a body of presbyters; specif., an ecclesiastical court and governing body consisting of the minister and representative elders from each church in a district
b) the district of such a court
2. the part of a church reserved for the officiating clergy
3. R.C.Ch. Now Rare a priest's house; rectory

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