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council

noun coun·cil \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of council

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 : 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

Recent Examples of council from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of council

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


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council

adjective

Definition of council

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

Origin and Etymology of council



COUNCIL Defined for English Language Learners

council

noun

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


council

adjective

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

noun coun·cil \ ˈkau̇n-səl \

Definition of council for Students

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

Law Dictionary

council

noun coun·cil \ ˈkau̇n-səl \

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 2b


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