1. A council or an assembly of church officials or churches; an ecclesiastical council.
2. A council or an assembly.
[Middle English, from Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, meeting, assembly : sun-, syn- + hodos, way, course.]
synod·al (sĭnə-dl) adj.
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