One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A meeting of the members of a family to resolve problems or decide questions of common interest.
2Civil Law. An advisory jury aiding the court in a family law matter.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Posthumous Daughter. From family + council.
family council/ˌfam(ɪ)li ˈkaʊnsl//ˌfam(ə)li ˈkaʊnsl/
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