privy council
noun Date: 14th century 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 • privy councillor noun

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  • privy council — privy councilor. 1. a board or select body of personal advisers, as of a sovereign. 2. (caps.) (in Great Britain) a body of persons who advise the sovereign in matters of state, the majority of members being selected by the prime minister. 3.… …   Universalium

  • Privy council — Privy Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privy council — 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privy Council —   [ prɪvɪ kaʊnsl] der, , in Großbritannien der Geheime Staatsrat des Monarchen. Er hat seine Anfänge im 14. Jahrhundert; größte Bedeutung erlangte er im Mittelalter und in der Tudorzeit. Mitglieder (rd. 300) werden gegenwärtig alle… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Privy Council — n the Privy Council a group of important people in Britain who advise the king or queen on political affairs >Privy Councillor n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Privy Council — index bench Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 Privy Council …   Law dictionary

  • Privy Council — (engl., spr. priwwĭ kaunßil), s. Council und Großbritannien, S. 374; Privy Councillor, geheimer Staatsrat, Mitglied des P. C …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Privy Council — ► NOUN ▪ a body of advisers appointed by a sovereign or a Governor General. DERIVATIVES privy counsellor (also privy councillor) noun …   English terms dictionary

  • privy council — n. a body of advisors or confidential counselors appointed by or serving a ruler, esp. a monarch privy councilor n …   English World dictionary

  • Privy Council — Privy Council, s. Council …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Privy Council — (engl., spr. Priwwi Kaunßil), der Geheime Rath, eine der höchsten Behörden von Großbritannien, s.d. S. 677 C) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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