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

Example Sentences

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 other two participants, council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo, have so far refused to step down. Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2022 Marshall urged council members to stay engaged during the session. al, 17 Nov. 2022 The other two participants, council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo, have so far refused to step down. Reis Thebault, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Nov. 2022 On Wednesday, a coalition of community groups are planning a rally in Boyle Heights to demand, once again, that one of the council members involved, Kevin de León, resign. Erika D. Smithcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 While on City Council, Gallagher pushed for a salary for council members. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Nov. 2022 In neighboring Oceanside, two new council members were elected decisively. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2022 The other council members echoed Garcia’s optimism, citing the benefits of a central location accessible by light rail and nearby freeways. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 But several council members expressed concerns about having the city create a full-time communications coordinator position. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Barth has previously served as an at-large member of the council and was council vice president from 2013-15. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, 6 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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