Definition of synod in English:


Syllabification: syn·od
Pronunciation: /ˈsinəd


  • 1An assembly of the clergy and sometimes also the laity in a diocese or other division of a particular church.
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    • In occasional diocesan synods, they harangued their clergy and issued reforming regulations.
    • Throughout its history, however, all branches of the Christian church have summoned more local councils, synods, and assemblies, to debate and to rule on matters of current concern.
    • And before they vote at church synods on such issues as allowing divorcees to remarry at Anglican altars they must have watched it for six months, he declares.
  • 2A Presbyterian ecclesiastical court above the presbyteries and subject to the General Assembly.


late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek sunodos 'meeting', from sun- 'together' + hodos 'way'.

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