Pronunciation: (prez'bi-ter"ē, pres'-),[key] —n., —pl.-ter•ies. 1. a body of presbyters or elders.
2. (in Presbyterian churches) an ecclesiastical court consisting of all the ministers and one or two presbyters from each congregation in a district.
3. the churches under the jurisdiction of a presbytery.
4. the part of a church appropriated to the clergy.
5. Rom. Cath. Ch.a rectory.