consistory


consistory
consistory NOUN (pl. consistories) 1) (in the Roman Catholic Church) the council of cardinals, with or without the Pope. 2) (also consistory court) (in the Church of England) a court presided over by a bishop, for the administration of ecclesiastical law in a diocese.
ORIGIN Latin consistorium, from consistere 'stand firm, exist' .

English terms dictionary. 2015.