from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A group of experts who serve, usually unofficially, as advisers and policy planners, especially in a government.

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  • noun Originally, a group of experts who advise a government, often informally.
  • noun More recently, any group of experts assembled to give advice.

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  • noun an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government


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Originally a group of academics who advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


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