1. a church that is endowed for a chapter of canons, usually with a dean, and that has no bishop's see.
2. (in the U.S.) a church or group of churches under the general management of one consistory or session.
3. a consolidation of formerly distinct churches under one or more pastors.
4. (in Scotland) a church or congregation the active pastor of which is the colleague and successor of the emeritus pastor.
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