One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(The title of) the highest administrative and executive body of a communist country; especially that of the People's Republic of China.
1950s. From state + council; partly (originally) after Chinese guówùyuàn, and partly after similar formations in other languages (e.g. Romanian Consiliul de Stat, Spanish Consejo de Estado). Compare also Russian Gosudаrstvennyj sovet.
State Council/steɪt ˈkaʊnsl/
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