Definition of syndic in English:



  • 1A government official in various countries.

    • ‘Fournier has noted that the syndics of the Estates sought to put an end to rulings of the Parlement of Toulouse on seigneurial rights.’
    • ‘Various rulings of the royal council, granted upon requests of the syndic of the Estates of the province, without hearing arguments to the contrary, have consolidated this plan progressively and insensibly.’
    • ‘The syndic of the Estates reported to Versailles in 1783 that parlementaires set a bad example, paying their taxes eighteenth months, and sometimes even two years late.’
    • ‘In many areas, the parish council and the official village assembly blurred together, and sometimes the churchwardens and syndics of the village were the same people.’
    • ‘The council of syndics of the Kaliningrad naval assembly is actively cooperating with the Military Council, the commanders of the Baltic Fleet, organizations of war veterans.’
    • ‘Since the syndics of the comunita were responsible for allotting these obligations, however, they illegally exempted both the members of the comunita and the laborers on their land.’
    • ‘It is true that these were the men whom communities normally nominated as syndics, local tax-collectors, or churchwardens.’
    • ‘The contributions of each village household for the quartering, re-equipment of the cavalry, and public works at Corinth were decided by the village elders in consultation with the syndics of the comunita.’
    • ‘It shows that ministers corresponded with the intendant, the military governor, executive agents of the Estates known as syndics, the archbishop of Narbonne, and occasionally the count of Polignac, first baron of the Estates.’
    • ‘Some labor requirements, which had already been commuted into cash, were abolished, but the syndics increased the percentage of tithe taken to replace the lost revenue.’
    • ‘He was the syndic of the lessees of the royal salt marshes of Peccais, an integral part of the gabelle.’
    • ‘Several villages contested the payment by taking their case to the parliament, and other villages followed suit by convoking general assemblies, naming syndics to represent their interests, and refusing to pay the full amount.’
    • ‘He later moved to Delft, where he was well known and became a syndic of the Guild of Saint Luke.’
    • ‘Both of them pleaded with the Council for the substitution of a milder mode of death; but the syndics were inflexible.’
  • 2(in the UK) a business agent of certain universities and corporations, especially a member of a senate committee at Cambridge University.

    • ‘There were elected councils or committees of syndics which supervised the clubs' daily routine, one of the syndics elected the bursar and the clerk.’
    • ‘Cambridge took immediate control of its printing in 1698 and exercises it through a board of syndics.’


Early 17th century: from French, via late Latin from Greek sundikos, from sun- together + dikē justice.