- the local legislative body of a municipal government.
Origin of common council
First recorded in 1680–90
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Examples from the Web for common council
The freemen of the various wards elect representatives annually to the common-council, to the number of 206 members.
The Irish parliament was not behindhand with the common-council in exhibiting sympathy for the cause of the Americans.
In regard to the governing body, there was to be one only—a mayor and common-council.
He gave the city also power to elect and remove its sheriffs at pleasure, and its common-council men annually.
The act of common-council for rebuilding, says, "The fire was by all justly resented as a most sad and dismal judgment of Heaven."