great council

  1. (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.

  2. (formerly in Italy) the municipal council in some towns or cities, as in Venice.

Origin of great council

First recorded in 1730–40

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How to use great council in a sentence

  • But it was in John's mind that however brilliant the great council might be he would not see it.

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British Dictionary definitions for great council

great council

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

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