1. building reserved for the officiating clergy
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Presbytery \Pres"by*ter*y\, n.; pl. Presbyteries. [L.
presbyterium, Gr. ?. See Presbyter, and cf.
1. A body of elders in the early Christian church.
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.
3. The Presbyterian religion of polity. [R.] --Tatler.
(a) (Arch.) That part of the church reserved for the
(b) The residence of a priest or clergyman. --Gwilt.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: building reserved for the officiating clergy
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
91 Moby Thesaurus words for "presbytery":
Council of Nicaea, Council of Trent, Easter sepulcher,
Lateran Council, Sacred College, Vatican Council, abbacy, ambry,
apse, archbishopric, archdeaconry, archiepiscopacy,
archiepiscopate, baptistery, bishopdom, bishopric, blindstory,
canonicate, canonry, cardinalship, chancel, chaplaincy,
chaplainship, chapter, choir, church house, classis, clergy,
clergy house, clerical order, clericals, cloisters, conciliarism,
conclave, conference, confessional, confessionary, congregation,
consistory, convention, convocation, crypt, curacy, deaconry,
deaconship, deanery, deanship, diaconicon, diaconicum,
diocesan conference, ecclesiastical council, ecumenical council,
episcopacy, manse, ministry, nave, parochial church council,
parochial council, parsonage, pastorage, pastorate, pastorship,
plenary council, porch, prebend, prebendaryship, prelacy,
prelateship, prelature, presbyterate, priestery, priesthood,
primacy, rabbinate, rectorate, rectorship, rectory, rood loft,
rood stair, rood tower, sacrarium, sacristy, session, synod,
the cloth, transept, triforium, vestry, vicarage, vicariate,