Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An assembly of persons called together for consultation, deliberation, or discussion.
  • n. A body of people elected or appointed to serve as administrators, legislators, or advisors.
  • n. An assembly of church officials and theologians convened for regulating matters of doctrine and discipline.
  • n. The discussion or deliberation that takes place in such an assembly or body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A committee that leads or governs (e.g. city council, student council)
  • n. discussion or deliberation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice.
  • n. A body of man elected or appointed to constitute an advisory or a legislative assembly.
  • n. Act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any assembly of persons summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice: as, a council of physicians; a family council.
  • n. A body of men specially designated or selected to advise a sovereign in the administration of the government; a privy council: as, the president of the council; in English history, an order in council. See privy council, below.
  • n. In many of the British colonies, a body assisting the governor in either an executive or a legislative capacity, or in both.
  • n. In the Territories of the United States, the upper branch of the legislature. The term was used to denote a kind of upper house during the colonial period, and was retained in this sense for a few years by some of the States.
  • n. A common council. See below.
  • n. In the New Testament, the Sanhedrim, a Jewish court or parliament, with functions partly judicial, partly legislative, and partly ecclesiastical. See Sanhedrim.
  • n. In ecclesiastical history: An assembly of prelates and theologians convened for the purpose of regulating matters of doctrine and discipline in the church.
  • n. Any body or group of persons wielding political power.
  • n. Same as counsel. See counsel.
  • n. A Lutheran body organized in the United States in 1866 by the Pennsylvania synod and others which were not in sympathy with the attitude of the general synod toward the Augsburg Confession. The council proclaimed strict adherence to the Lutheran faith.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a body serving in an administrative capacity
  • n. (Christianity) an assembly of theologians and bishops and other representatives of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine
  • n. a meeting of people for consultation

Etymologies

Middle English counceil, from Old French concile, from Latin concilium; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman cuncile, from Old French concile, from Latin concilium (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Council hearing on rent control -- council candidate debate at Ward 4 Dems event at Emery Rec Center

    DeMorning DeBonis: July 7, 2010

  • D. 431, _Manifesto of John of Antioch and his council against Cyril and his council_.

    A Source Book for Ancient Church History

  • In A.D. 1229, a council of Toulouse "erected in every city a _council of inquisitors consisting of one priest and two laymen_" (Ibid).

    The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II. Christianity: Its Evidences, Its Origin, Its Morality, Its History

  • I. i.121 (198,2) ['Twere better for you, if 'twere not known in council; you'll be laugh'd at] The old copies read, '_Twere better for you, if 'twere known in council_.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • AVON, Colorado - A few days after the Avon, Colorado Town Council passed a law that council members said would help the people booting cars on private property, the owner of a booting company is saying the council has put him out of business.

    The Vail Trail - All Sections

  • Except as herein otherwise provided the General powers city council shall in general have and exercise the legis - cuy council*. lative powers of towns and of the inhabitants thereof, and shall have all the powers and authority given to city councils under the general laws of the Commonwealth, and be subject to the duties imposed on city councils, and the board of aldermen shall have and exercise all the

    Acts and resolves passed by the General Court

  • Aveni said the council is also submitting to the governor and attorney general possible regulations, including requirements that a registered nurse be present, that doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals and that annual inspections take place.

    Manassas council urges Virginia to regulate abortion clinics

  • In fact the council is a Lib Dem/SNP run Council not that you would know that from the BBC report who only mention the Labour party.

    Labour in e-mail tampering claim

  • Needless to say, the council is also enjoined to "develop a robust, risk-based approach to involvement in new initiatives, to ensure it has the capacity to deliver existing projects and maintain focus on agreed priorities".

    A propos…

  • "This council is the synthesis of the church's history."

    Nathan Söderblom - Nobel Lecture

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