- (in Norman England) an assembly composed of the king's tenants in chief that served as the principal council of the realm and replaced the witenagemot.
- (formerly in Italy) the municipal council in some towns or cities, as in Venice.
Origin of great council
First recorded in 1730–40
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- (in medieval England) an assembly of the great nobles and prelates to advise the king
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