privy council

noun

Definition of privy council 

1 archaic : a secret or private council

2 capitalized P&C : a body of officials and dignitaries chosen by the British monarch as an advisory council to the Crown usually functioning through its committees

3 : a usually appointive advisory council to an executive

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privy councillor noun

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Henry’s privy council wanted to imprison and/or execute Charles Brandon for treason, but in the end the king realized that would probably make family reunions super awkward, so Brandon just had to pay a stiff fine. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of privy council

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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