(?), n.;
pl. Presbyteries (#).
[L. presbyterium, Gr. . See Presbyter, and cf. Presbyterium.]
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1. A body of elders in the early Christian church.
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2. (Presbyterian Ch.) A judicatory consisting of all the ministers within a certain district, and one layman, who is a ruling elder, from each parish or church, commissioned to represent the church in conjunction with the pastor. This body has a general jurisdiction over the churches under its care, and next below the provincial synod in authority.
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3. The Presbyterian religion of polity. [R.] Tatler.
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4. (a) (Arch.) That part of the church reserved for the officiating priest. (b) The residence of a priest or clergyman. Gwilt.
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(?), n. [NL. See Presbyte.] (Med.) Presbyopia.
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