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  1. syn·od
    IPA[ˈsinəd]
  2. noun

    • 1. an assembly of the clergy and sometimes also the laity in a diocese or other division of a particular Church:

      the deanery synod
    • 2. a Presbyterian ecclesiastical court above the presbyteries and subject to the General Assembly.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: synod, plural noun: synods

    • noun

      an assembly of the clergy and sometimes also the laity in a diocese or other division of a particular Church:

      a Presbyterian ecclesiastical court above the presbyteries and subject to the General Assembly.

    • noun

      the highest governing body of the Church of England, an elected assembly of three houses (bishops, clergy, and laity).
    • noun

      the highest governing body of the Church of England, an elected assembly of three houses (bishops, clergy, and laity).
    • a conference held in Whitby in 664 that resolved the differences between the Celtic and Roman forms of Christian worship in England, in particular the method of calculating the date of Easter. King Oswy (612–70) of Northumbria decided in favour of Rome, and England as a result effectively severed the connection with the Celtic Church.
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