- an assembly of persons summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice.
- a body of persons specially designated or selected to act in an advisory, administrative, or legislative capacity: the governor's council on housing.
- (in certain British colonies or dependencies) an executive or legislative body assisting the governor.
- an ecclesiastical assembly for deciding matters of doctrine or discipline.
- New Testament. the Sanhedrin or other authoritative body.
Origin of council
Related Words for councilgathering, gang, committee, ring, conference, confab, synod, board, convention, body, parliament, assembly, conclave, congress, convocation, powwow, diet, cabinet, congregation, mob
Examples from the Web for council
Contemporary Examples of council
In secret, before the referendum, the council went ahead and fluoridated the water anyway.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
A spokesman for Lewisham council said last year that it would be forced to act if the family returned to Britain.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
January 7, 2015
It is certainly more stylish than a council flat in a small-town banlieue!Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
In fact, a few years ago I was awarded the "Courage in Media" award from the Council on American Islamic Relations.How Aasif Mandvi Became Jon Stewart’s Favorite Jihadi
November 16, 2014
But he said, “The UN council does nothing for people living in Iran.”The Real Reason Iran Killed This Woman for Defending Herself
October 29, 2014
Historical Examples of council
What the colony looked for was, that every man who went into the Council would do his duty.Explorations in Australia
The influence of Westhampton is Radical, and fills the Council with a lot of outsiders.Viviette
William J. Locke
There they sat down around a council table, and there they divided the spoils.Way of the Lawless
Tse-tse's father heard of it and carried the matter to Council.
Taku-Wakin stood up and stretched out his hand to the Council.
- an assembly of people meeting for discussion, consultation, etcan emergency council
- a body of people elected or appointed to serve in an administrative, legislative, or advisory capacitya student council
- the council (sometimes capital) British the local governing authority of a town, county, etc
- a meeting or the deliberation of a council
- (modifier) of, relating to, provided for, or used by a local councila council chamber; council offices
- (modifier) British provided by a local council, esp (of housing) at a subsidized renta council house; a council estate
- Australian an administrative or legislative assembly, esp the upper house of a state parliament in Australia
- Christianity an assembly of bishops, theologians, and other representatives of several churches or dioceses, convened for regulating matters of doctrine or discipline
Word Origin for council
Word Origin and History for council
early 12c., from Anglo-French cuncile, from Old North French concilie (Old French concile, 12c.) "assembly; council meeting; body of counsellors," from Latin concilium "group of people, meeting," from com- "together" (see com-) + calare "to call" (see claim (v.)). Tendency to confuse it in form and meaning with counsel has been consistent since 16c.