Pronunciation: (san-hed'rin, -hē'drin, sän-, san'i-drin), [key]
—n. Jewish Hist.
1. Also called Great Sanhedrin. the highest council of the ancient Jews, consisting of 71 members, and exercising authority from about the 2nd centuryb.c.
2. Also called Lesser Sanhedrin. a lower tribunal of this period, consisting of 23 members. Also,San•he•drimPronunciation: (san'hi-drim, san'i-). [key]
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