Definition of council in English:

council

noun

  • 1An advisory, deliberative, or legislative body of people formally constituted and meeting regularly.

    ‘an official human rights council’
    • ‘She is scheduled to formally open the advisory council's standing committee meeting on Thursday.’
    • ‘There will be four experts on the council, from the Ministry of Forestry, the University of Indonesia and Gadjah Mada University.’
    • ‘This marked the first time Ireland had served on the council since 1981.’
    • ‘When papers were served on the council, officials took steps to find a place for the boy.’
    • ‘He went on to call on the council officials to also support the campaign.’
    • ‘The advisory council's annual meeting, normally held in Kuala Lumpur, is being hosted for the first time in Bayan Lepas.’
    • ‘Although nominally only an advisory body, the council's decisions are viewed in practice as binding and ignored by the government at its own peril.’
    • ‘What really did he discover at the University of Western Australia, where he had studied and also was on the council?’
    • ‘While dissenting voices are certainly needed on the council they should be those that espouse a coherent ethical view.’
    • ‘They deny that they served on the council.’
    • ‘He said that he had been on the council for 37 years and no issue had ever received as much consultation and debate.’
    • ‘Stepping up the pressure on the council, White House officials said they wanted negotiations wrapped up quickly.’
    • ‘A report was given on the council meeting which was attended by two members of the guild.’
    • ‘He is on the council of the Albert Hall.’
    • ‘He has less than a year to consolidate his position on the council, so he'll have to make his presence felt and get as much publicity as he can to boost his profile.’
    • ‘South Africa would ably represent the continent on the council.’
    • ‘A few hours after the letter was posted on the council's Web site, someone decided to take it down.’
    • ‘That would put the onus on the council to determine small applications within a 40-day period.’
    • ‘The staffing of the facility and the ongoing monitoring and reporting costs will also represent a continuing draw on the council's resources.’
    • ‘He said it had not been possible to find a source of substantial funding to operate the vessel and, as a result, it would place a big burden on the council.’
    advisory body, advisory group, board, board of directors, committee, commission, assembly, panel, trustees, delegates, delegation
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    1. 1.1 A body of people elected to manage the affairs of a city, county, or other municipal district.
      • ‘If the mayor has limited clout on the council, it's partly because he has little constituency support in the city.’
      • ‘Within each county there are also towns with mayors, city councils, police chiefs, and fire departments.’
      • ‘These 1,500 men had a right to elect the city council which governed the city's 13,000 people.’
      • ‘The third tier of government, municipal councils, has an electoral system which varies from state to state.’
      • ‘Lack of transport and funds for the city and municipal councils lead to huge piles of garbage.’
      • ‘But district councils said the county council could have done more to highlight the chance to get extra roads gritted.’
      • ‘City and district councils are at the forefront of dog control.’
      • ‘The mayor must present to the council his administrative actions based on the council's decisions.’
      • ‘Mayors and municipal councils are elected directly by the local community.’
      • ‘Sometimes there is a deadlock in a city and district, and regional councils and mayors have to show leadership and give a casting vote.’
      • ‘I don't want to place the blame for that on the council because they must act in the interests of the whole town.’
      • ‘There is a representative of our 30 townlands on the council.’
      • ‘Incredibly, however, many on the council still refused to admit that the whole problem was the hundred acre coal fire merrily burning beneath the town.’
      • ‘He served on the council until 1979, when he decided not to run for re-election.’
      • ‘She thanked all the officials and remarked that her five years on the council gave her an insight into how the county runs.’
      • ‘Local government consists of elected county and municipal councils.’
      • ‘The parish of Clonegal has only one man going forward for a seat on the council and he has proved that no matter what your political views he has done all in his power to help the locals.’
      • ‘On 25 May there were elections all over Spain for regional parliaments and municipal councils.’
      • ‘He has considerable years of experience on the council; I feel he could do an excellent job as mayor.’
      • ‘The people elect local councils to govern their districts and municipalities.’
      local authority, local government, municipal authority, civic authority, legislative body, legislature, administration, executive, chamber, assembly, ministry, governing body, government, parliament, senate, congress, diet, cabinet
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    2. 1.2 An ecclesiastical assembly.
      • ‘So it seems the plenary council and synod proposals have been put on a back burner.’
      • ‘The council could have communicated the polemical aspects of the Gospels and the facts of modern Scripture research.’
      • ‘Prior to the council, the diaconate was generally a transitional office on the way to priestly ordination.’
      • ‘The council is the church's supreme court, a nine-member panel that at times has more power than the Council of Bishops.’
      • ‘This is exactly the reason why the Jerusalem council was called or convened.’
      • ‘It acquires the status of canon law in a series of three church councils in the sixth and seventh centuries.’
      • ‘In 416 Augustine and his African bishops convened two diocesan councils to condemn him and Celestius, another Celt.’
      • ‘They may not want to create a visible and abrupt rupture from the changes put into motion by the council and Pope Paul VI.’
      • ‘He knew how to use the papacy for his own ends, and was prepared to pay a price - though never to the extent of allowing any of his clergy to attend papal councils.’
      • ‘Before deciding to accept, he conferred with his synod council.’
      • ‘It was decided that the text should be shown to the ecumenical observers at the council and that their reactions to it would be solicited.’
      • ‘Changes adopted by the council will be considered by the 2005 Churchwide Assembly.’
      • ‘Various ecumenical councils were convened where the bishops from different regions met and discussed liturgical and doctrinal matters.’
      • ‘The synod, like a general council, however, would have no authority over the pope and no right to reverse his decisions.’
      • ‘It does not contradict any ecumenical councils or definitions of the faith.’
      • ‘Begin with a 45-minute conversation with your congregational board or council.’
      • ‘This pattern continued in the early ecumenical councils, especially Nicaea.’
      • ‘The council represents 19 denominations at the state capital, mostly on social issues.’
      • ‘Synod councils can send recommendations to the Church Council before its April meeting.’
      • ‘Most of the Reformed churches would accept the teachings of the ecumenical councils of the first millennium.’
    3. 1.3 An assembly or meeting for consultation or advice.
      ‘that evening, she held a family council’
      • ‘Call a family council at some other time to work out such problems.’
      • ‘She has no business in a family council only open to family members.’
      • ‘Ordinarily, a family council is based on principles and processes set out in a family charter but this is not always the case.’
      conference, conclave, assembly, convocation
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Origin

Old English (in the sense ‘ecclesiastical assembly’): from Anglo-Norman French cuncile, from Latin concilium ‘convocation, assembly’, from con- ‘together’ + calare ‘summon’. Compare with counsel.

Pronunciation

council

/ˈkaʊnsəl//ˈkounsəl/