council

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noun

coun·​cil ˈkau̇n(t)-səl How to pronounce council (audio)
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
3
a
: 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
5
a
: 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

council

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adjective

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

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
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Noun
One Washington state tribe even included a game of chair volleyball with tribal council members as part of a meeting with tribal elders. Debra Utacia Krol, USA TODAY, 18 May 2024 The pay hikes come after a recent change in state law governing the amount of salary that council members can receive while in office. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for council 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Adjective

Middle English counceil, from Anglo-French cunseil, cuncile, from Latin concilium, from com- + calare to call — more at low entry 3

First Known Use

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of council was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Council.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/council. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

council

noun
coun·​cil
ˈkau̇n(t)-səl
1
: a meeting for consultation
2
: an advisory or legislative body
the governor's council
3
: an administrative body
city council

Legal Definition

council

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