One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of the governing bodies under the Presbyterian system of ecclesiastical polity, having both administrative and judicial functions.
2Generally. An ecclesiastical court, having jurisdiction over spiritual or religious matters, such as offences against canon law or church doctrine.
Mid 16th century. From church + court.
church court/ˈtʃəːtʃ kɔːt/
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