Council Coun"cil (koun"s[i^]l), n. [F. concile, fr. L. concilium; con- + calare to call, akin to Gr. ??? to call, and E. hale, v., haul. Cf. {Conciliate}. This word is often confounded with counsel, with which it has no connection.] [1913 Webster] 1. An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for consultation in a critical case. [1913 Webster]

2. A body of man elected or appointed to constitute an advisory or a legislative assembly; as, a governor's council; a city council. [1913 Webster]

An old lord of the council rated me the other day. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation. [1913 Webster]

Satan . . . void of rest, His potentates to council called by night. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

O great in action and in council wise. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Aulic council}. See under {Aulic}.

{Cabinet council}. See under {Cabinet}.

{City council}, the legislative branch of a city government, usually consisting of a board of aldermen and common council, but sometimes otherwise constituted.

{Common council}. See under {Common}.

{Council board}, {Council table}, the table round which a council holds consultation; also, the council itself in deliberation.

{Council chamber}, the room or apartment in which a council meets.

{Council fire}, the ceremonial fire kept burning while the Indians hold their councils. [U.S.] --Bartlett.

{Council of war}, an assembly of officers of high rank, called to consult with the commander in chief in regard to measures or importance or nesessity.

{Ecumenical council} (Eccl.), an assembly of prelates or divines convened from the whole body of the church to regulate matters of doctrine or discipline.

{Executive council}, a body of men elected as advisers of the chief magistrate, whether of a State or the nation. [U.S.]

{Legislative council}, the upper house of a legislature, usually called the senate.

{Privy council}. See under {Privy}. [Eng.]

Syn: Assembly; meeting; congress; diet; parliament; convention; convocation; synod. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Council — may refer to: Contents 1 In politics 2 In other fields 3 In United States geography 4 See also In politics …   Wikipedia

  • council — coun‧cil [ˈkaʊnsl] noun [countable] 1. a group of people that are chosen to make rules, laws, or decisions, or to give advice: • the council for civil liberties ˈworks ˌcouncil HUMAN RESOURCES an organization in a company where employers and… …   Financial and business terms

  • Council — coun·cil / kau̇n səl/ n: a governmental body: as a: a group elected as a legislative body city council b: an administrative body council on aging c: an executive body whose members are equal in power and authority co …   Law dictionary

  • Council — ist das englische Wort für Rat; Ratsversammlung, Kollegium, Gemeinderat/Stadtrat oder (im Kontext der römisch katholischen Kirche) Konzil der Name von Floyd Council (1911–1976), US amerikanischer Blues Gitarrist, Mandolinenspieler und Sänger Orte …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Council —   [kaʊnsl, englisch] der, s/ s, mehrköpfiges Beratungsorgan, Ratsversammlung auf allen Regierungs und Verwaltungsstufen. In Großbritannien Cabinet Council, Kabinettsrat, Privy Council, geheimer Staatsrat der Krone (hat nur noch Bedeutung als… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • council — [koun′səl] n. [ME counceil < OFr concile < L concilium, group of people, meeting < com , together + calere, to call (see CLAMOR); confused in form and meaning in ME with COUNSEL] 1. a group of people called together for consultation,… …   English World dictionary

  • Council — Council, ID U.S. city in Idaho Population (2000): 816 Housing Units (2000): 425 Land area (2000): 0.727606 sq. miles (1.884490 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.727606 sq. miles (1.884490 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • council — council, counsel 1. These are now distinct words and are only distantly related. A council is an administrative body or meeting, and its members are councillors. Counsel is advice given formally and often professionally; counsel or a counsel is a …   Modern English usage

  • council — (n.) early 12c., from Anglo Fr. cuncile, from O.N.Fr. concilie (O.Fr. concile, 12c.) assembly; council meeting; body of counsellors, from L. concilium group of people, meeting, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + calare to call (see CLAIM… …   Etymology dictionary

  • council — ► NOUN 1) a formally constituted advisory, deliberative, or administrative body. 2) a body elected to manage the affairs of a city, county, or district. 3) (before another noun ) Brit. denoting housing provided by a local council. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”