[[t]ˈprɛz bɪˌtɛr i, ˈprɛs-[/t]] n. pl. -ter•ies
1) rel a body of presbyters or elders
2) rel (in Presbyterian churches) an ecclesiastical assembly consisting of all the ministers and one or two presbyters from each congregation in a district
3) rel the churches under the jurisdiction of a presbytery
4) rel the part of a church appropriated to the clergy
5) rel Rom. Cath. Ch.
Etymology: 1425–75; late ME presbetory priests' bench (< OFpresbitere) < ML presbyterium priesthood, LL: group of elders < Gk presbytérion. See presbyter, -y III

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