Definition of bar council in US English:

bar council

noun

  • (Frequently with capital initials) any of various bodies regulating the activities of the bar; specifically (in the United Kingdom) a body of elected barristers and other members appointed by these barristers, founded in 1894, which sets standards of conduct within the profession, regulates the education of prospective barristers, and represents barristers' interests (more formally called General Council of the Bar).

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Evening Star.