council

noun
coun·​cil | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl How to pronounce council (audio) \

Definition of council

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an assembly or meeting for consultation, advice, or discussion the Second Vatican Council
2 : a group elected or appointed as an advisory or legislative body a governor's council a city council
3a : a usually administrative body a council on housing
b : an executive body whose members are equal in power and authority
c : a governing body of delegates from local units of a federation
4 : deliberation in a council
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 organization
c : club, society

council

adjective

Definition of council (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of council in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The election was for local councils in England that are responsible for garbage collection, road work, some social services and the like. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Britain’s Biggest Losers," 5 May 2019 Edith Cruz is also sits on American Eagle’s council. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "American Eagle’s #AExME Council Is Full of Game Changing Gen-Zers," 1 May 2019 The $5 million fund will work with a council of fashion insiders including Cleo Wade, Dapper Dan, and Will.i.am who will help them determine that the money is being used responsibly. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Launches Changemakers Program and Diversity Initiative," 18 Mar. 2019 Plus, Goop continues to thrive, and Dr. Oz became a White House health council adviser. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Johnson, one of the fiercest critics of the deal, spoke at the council’s Committee on Economic Development hearing on Wednesday at City Hall. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "New York City council members railed against Amazon in the hope of renegotiating the HQ2 deal," 12 Dec. 2018 The laws are now published on an easy-to-use, modern, searchable, mobile-friendly, and free website: https://code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/code/. Joshua Tauberer, Ars Technica, "How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request," 25 Nov. 2018 Using the spending measure, poverty is closer to the 3 percent figure Trump's economic council used, said Robert Rector, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Jeff Stein And Tracy Jan, chicagotribune.com, "White House declares war on poverty 'largely over' amid push to revamp social programs," 14 July 2018 In Howard County, a Democratic primary for county council was decided by six votes. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Thousands of Maryland voters may have skipped primary because of MVA election error," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of council

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for council

Noun and Adjective

Middle English counceil, from Anglo-French cunseil, cuncile, from Latin concilium, from com- + calare to call — more at low

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council

noun

English Language Learners Definition of council

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

council

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of council (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a council
British : provided by a local government council for people to live in for low rent

council

noun
coun·​cil | \ ˈkau̇n-səl How to pronounce council (audio) \

Kids Definition of council

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

council

noun
coun·​cil | \ ˈkau̇n-səl How to pronounce council (audio) \

Legal Definition of council

: 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 sense 2b

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