great council

noun

Definition of great council

: a preeminent political council: such as
a : the principal council or assembly of England under the Norman kings composed of the sovereign's tenants in capite
b : a municipal legislative body of former times in some Italian towns and cities
c : a major council of North American Indian chiefs

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History and Etymology for great council

Middle English grete counseil

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“Great council.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/great%20council. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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