a conference of high-ranking military or naval officers, usually for discussing a major emergency or war problem.
any conference for discussing or deciding upon a course of action.
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How to use council of war in a sentence
Having called a council-of-war, all the captains agreed that the exploit might be accomplished.Hurricane Hurry | W.H.G. Kingston
Shortly after sunrise, therefore, they stopped to rest, and hold a council-of-war.Running Fox | Elmer Russell Gregor
No sooner were we safe within the walls of Dunkirk than we held a very necessary council-of-war on our position.David Balfour, Second Part | Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for council of war
an assembly of military leaders in wartime
an emergency meeting to formulate a plan
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