council of war



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.

Origin of council of war

First recorded in 1580–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for council of war

Historical Examples of council of war

  • Shortly after sunrise, therefore, they stopped to rest, and hold a council-of-war.

    Running Fox

    Elmer Russell Gregor

  • Having called a council-of-war, all the captains agreed that the exploit might be accomplished.

    Hurricane Hurry

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for council of war

council of war


an assembly of military leaders in wartime
an emergency meeting to formulate a plan
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