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great council

(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.
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1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • At 16, when he was formally initiated into manhood, Mandela received yet another name: Dalibunga—“convenor of the great council.”

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great council

(in medieval England) an assembly of the great nobles and prelates to advise the king
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