Definitions

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  • n. A body of advisers to a sovereign functioning much as a cabinet.
  • n. The British Privy Council.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See under Privy.
  • adj. the principal council of the sovereign, composed of the cabinet ministers and other persons chosen by the king or queen.

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

  • n. an advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British Crown)

Etymologies

Middle English prive + council (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I find that in 1631 our house of burgesses desired of the privy council in England, a coin debased to twenty-five per cent: that in 1645 they forbid dealing by barter for tobacco, and established the Spanish piece of eight at six shillings, as the standard of their currency: that in 1655 they changed it to five shillings sterling.

    Notes on the State of Virginia.

  • Fionn was the only member of her privy council within the Cercle de Druide that she truly trusted and the only member she had told that a True Blood—Dante Baptiste—had been found by her mortal daughter, the child of her heart, Caterina.

    Etched in Bone

  •     Now the privy council picked through the rubble of that plan.

    The Brothers' War

  • Treaty of Tien-tsin with China; 1888, creation of privy council

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

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