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Meaning of COUNCIL

Pronunciation:  'kawnsul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council"
  2. [n]  a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"

COUNCIL is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: administrative body, administrative unit, city council, council member, councillor, Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, executive council, meeting, privy council, SC, Security Council, soviet, synod, TC, Trusteeship Council, works council, world council



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.]
1. An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation,
   deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for
   consultation in a critical case.

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

         An old lord of the council rated me the other day.

3. Act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation.

         Satan . . . void of rest, His potentates to council
         called by night.                      --Milton.

         O great in action and in council wise. --Pope.

{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

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

{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.

Easton Bible Dictionary

spoken of counsellors who sat in public trials with the governor of a province (Acts 25:12).

The Jewish councils were the Sanhedrim, or supreme council of the nation, which had subordinate to it smaller tribunals (the "judgment," perhaps, in Matt. 5:21, 22) in the cities of Palestine (Matt. 10:17; Mark 13:9). In the time of Christ the functions of the Sanhedrim were limited (John 16:2; 2 Cor. 11:24). In Ps. 68:27 the word "council" means simply a company of persons. (R.V. marg., "company.")

In ecclesiastical history the word is used to denote an assembly of pastors or bishops for the discussion and regulation of church affairs. The first of these councils was that of the apostles and elders at Jerusalem, of which we have a detailed account in Acts 15.

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