noun coun·cil \ˈkan(t)-səl\

: a group of people who are chosen to make rules, laws, or decisions about something

: a group of people who provide advice or guidance on something

Full Definition of COUNCIL

:  an assembly or meeting for consultation, advice, or discussion
:  a group elected or appointed as an advisory or legislative body
a :  a usually administrative body
b :  an executive body whose members are equal in power and authority
c :  a governing body of delegates from local units of a federation
:  deliberation in a council
a :  a federation of or a central body uniting a group of organizations
b :  a local chapter of an organization
c :  club, society

Examples of COUNCIL

  1. The city council is considering a ban on smoking in restaurants.
  2. the governor's council on physical fitness

Origin of COUNCIL

Middle English counceil, from Anglo-French cunseil, cuncile, from Latin concilium, from com- + calare to call — more at low
First Known Use: 12th century

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: of or relating to a council

: provided by a local government council for people to live in for low rent

Full Definition of COUNCIL

:  used for councils especially by or with North American Indians <a council ground>
British :  built, maintained, or operated by a local governing agency <council housing> <council flats>

First Known Use of COUNCIL

14th century

Rhymes with COUNCIL

COUNCIL Defined for Kids


noun coun·cil \ˈkan-səl\

Definition of COUNCIL for Kids

:  a group of people appointed or elected to make laws or give advice <the city council>
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