I. noun Etymology: Middle English counceil, from Anglo-French cunseil, cuncile, from Latin concilium, from com- + calare to call — more at low Date: 12th century 1. an assembly or meeting for consultation, advice, or discussion 2. a group elected or appointed as an advisory or legislative body 3. a. a usually administrative body b. an executive body whose members are equal in power and authority c. a governing body of delegates from local units of a federation 4. deliberation in a council 5. a. a federation of or a central body uniting a group of organizations b. a local chapter of an organization c. club, society II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. used for councils especially by or with North American Indians <
a council ground
2. British built, maintained, or operated by a local governing agency <
council housing
council flats

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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