1. Primarily, a place of standing or staying together; hence, any solemn assembly or council.
  2. The spiritual court of a diocesan bishop held before his chancellor or commissioner in his cathedral church or elsewhere.
  3. An assembly of prelates; a session of the college of cardinals at Rome.
  4. A church tribunal or governing body.
  5. A civil court of justice.


  1. Of the nature of, or pertaining to, a consistory.