Definition of privy counsellor in English:

privy counsellor

(also privy councillor)


  • A member of a Privy Council.

    • ‘Among the MPs voting against the government were all three of the privy counsellors on the Newton Committee which reviews terrorism legislation.’
    • ‘A coalition of MPs, including Tories and Labour rebels, prepared to trigger a parliamentary inquiry by privy counsellors into the conduct of Blair and his ministers on the Iraq war.’
    • ‘Everything except the proposal for a committee of privy councillors to review the bill within two years and report to the Home Secretary was rejected.’
    • ‘The proceedings of Cabinets - after the 18th century collapse in the real power of privy counsellors - were secret and unified by the notion of collective responsibility.’
    • ‘Most of Queen Mary's reign he spent abroad, but on Elizabeth's accession he was made a privy counsellor and vice-chamberlain.’
    member of the government, political leader, cabinet minister, secretary of state, secretary, undersecretary, department head, privy counsellor, politician
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