Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

privy council


Definition of privy council

  1. 1 archaic :  a secret or private council

  2. 2 capitalized P&C :  a body of officials and dignitaries chosen by the British monarch as an advisory council to the Crown usually functioning through its committees

  3. 3 :  a usually appointive advisory council to an executive

privy councillor noun

14th Century

First Known Use of privy council

14th century

Rhymes with privy council

Learn More about privy council

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up privy council? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by grandiloquent style

Get Word of the Day daily email!