synod n a local or special ecclesiastical council, esp. of a diocese, formally convened to discuss ecclesiastical affairs (C14: from Late Latin synodus, from Greek sunodos, from syn- + hodos a way)
synodal (less commonly)
n the governing body, under Parliament, of the Church of England, made up of the bishops and elected clerical and lay representatives
n the governing body of any of the Orthodox Churches
Synod of Whitby
n the synod held in 664 at Whitby at which the Roman date for Easter was accepted and the Church in England became aligned with Rome
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