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 governor appoints most members of the council and would continue to do so. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon public records council says Legislature should grant it more independence," 14 Sep. 2019 Lebron is a founding member of Active City, a Hartford youth athletic organization, as well as a community organizer, therapist and co-chair of the regional advisory council for the state Department of Children and Families. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Hartford’s Democratic-endorsed city council candidates sweep primary," 11 Sep. 2019 Instead of council choosing the mayor, the top vote-getter becomes mayor. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Should some Cincinnati council seats be elected by district? These citizens think so.," 8 Sep. 2019 If a city manager was doing this, then a majority of the council can fire them. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Fall River council considers ousting mayor, shifting to city manager system," 8 Sep. 2019 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, "Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police endorses Mayor Joe Hogsett's re-election campaign," 6 Sep. 2019 Brian Wolf, chairman of council’s Building Codes, Public Building and GPZ committee, said Aug. 26. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Mystery continues over why Drees Homes dropped parcel from Broadview Heights townhome development," 3 Sep. 2019 The changes were the latest evolution of the council’s April 11, 2018, decision to allow medical marijuana cultivation, manufacture, distribution and testing in some parts of the city. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside to place cannabis tax on ballot," 27 Aug. 2019 He was sentenced to six years in prison in March and is no longer a member of Pope Francis' council of cardinals or a Vatican official. Rod Mcguirk, Anchorage Daily News, "Australian court upholds Cardinal Pell child sex convictions," 21 Aug. 2019

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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, "Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police endorses Mayor Joe Hogsett's re-election campaign," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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