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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·sis·to·ry /kənˈsɪst(ə)ri/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·sis·to·ry n.; pl. Consistories
 1. Primarily, a place of standing or staying together; hence, any solemn assembly or council.
 To council summons all his mighty peers,
 Within thick clouds and dark tenfold involved,
 A gloomy consistory.   --Milton.
 2. Eng. Ch. The spiritual court of a diocesan bishop held before his chancellor or commissioner in his cathedral church or elsewhere.
 3. R. C. Ch. An assembly of prelates; a session of the college of cardinals at Rome.
    Pius was then hearing of causes in consistory.   --Bacon.
 4. A church tribunal or governing body.
 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.
 5. A civil court of justice. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·sis·to·ry, a. Of the nature of, or pertaining to, a consistory. “To hold consistory session.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a church tribunal or governing body