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council

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noun coun·cil \ˈkau̇n(t)-səl\

Definition of council

  1. 1 :  an assembly or meeting for consultation, advice, or discussion <the Second Vatican Council>

  2. 2 :  a group elected or appointed as an advisory or legislative body <a governor's council> <a city council>

  3. 3a :  a usually administrative body <a council on housing>b :  an executive body whose members are equal in power and authorityc :  a governing body of delegates from local units of a federation

  4. 4 :  deliberation in a council

  5. 5a :  a federation of or a central body uniting a group of organizations <the National Council of Teachers of English>b :  a local chapter of an organizationc :  club, society

Examples of council in a sentence

  1. The city council is considering a ban on smoking in restaurants.

  2. the governor's council on physical fitness

Origin and Etymology 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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council

adjective coun·cil

Definition of council

  1. 1 :  used for councils especially by or with North American Indians <a council ground>

  2. 2 British :  built, maintained, or operated by a local governing agency <council housing> <council flats>

Origin and Etymology of council

see 1council


First Known Use: 14th century



COUNCIL Defined for English Language Learners

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council

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noun coun·cil \ˈkau̇n(t)-səl\

Definition of council for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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council

adjective coun·cil

Definition of council for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a council

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


COUNCIL Defined for Kids

council

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noun coun·cil \ˈkau̇n-səl\

Definition of council for Students

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


Law Dictionary

council

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noun coun·cil \ˈkau̇n-səl\

Legal Definition of council

  1. :  a governmental body: as a :  a group elected as a legislative body <city council> b :  an administrative body <council on aging> c :  an executive body whose members are equal in power and authority — compare committee 2b



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