privy council


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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Other Words from privy council

privy councillor noun

Examples of privy council in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The decision to suspend Parliament will be confirmed by the privy council—a group of senior politicians who advise the monarch—at the Queen’s Balmoral residence in Scotland on Wednesday, the BBC reported. Robert Hutton, Fortune, "Boris Johnson To Suspend Parliament Over Brexit Vote," 28 Aug. 2019 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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“Privy council.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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