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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a church tribunal or governing body;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Consistory \Con*sis"to*ry\, a. Of the nature of, or pertaining to, a consistory. "To hold consistory session." --Strype. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Consistory \Con*sis"to*ry\ (? or ?; 277) n.; pl. Consistories. [L. consistorium a place of assembly, the place where the emperor's council met, fr. consistere: cf. F. consistoire, It. consistorio. See Consist.] 1. Primarily, a place of standing or staying together; hence, any solemn assembly or council. [1913 Webster] To council summons all his mighty peers, Within thick clouds and dark tenfold involved, A gloomy consistory. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eng. Ch.) The spiritual court of a diocesan bishop held before his chancellor or commissioner in his cathedral church or elsewhere. --Hook. [1913 Webster] 3. (R. C. Ch.) An assembly of prelates; a session of the college of cardinals at Rome. [1913 Webster] Pius was then hearing of causes in consistory. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 4. A church tribunal or governing body. [1913 Webster] Note: In some churches, as the Dutch Reformed in America, a consistory is composed of the minister and elders of an individual church, corresponding to a Presbyterian church session, and in others, as the Reformed church in France, it is composed of ministers and elders, corresponding to a presbytery. In some Lutheran countries it is a body of clerical and lay officers appointed by the sovereign to superintend ecclesiastical affairs. [1913 Webster] 5. A civil court of justice. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

consistory n 1: a church tribunal or governing body
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

CONSISTORY, ecclesiastical law. An assembly of cardinals convoked by the pope. The consistory is public or secret. It is public, when the pope receives princes or gives audience to ambassadors; secret, when he fills vacant sees, proceeds to the canonization of saints, or judges and settles certain contestations submitted to him. 2. A court which was formerly held among protestants, in which the bishop presided, assisted by some of his clergy, also bears this name. It is now held in England, by the bishop's chancellor or commissary, and some other ecclesiastical officers, either in the cathedral, church, or other place in his diocese, for the determination of ecclesiastical cases arising in that diocese. Merl. Rep. h.t.; Burns' Dict. h.t.