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a. An assembly of persons called together for consultation, deliberation, or discussion.
b. A body of people elected or appointed to serve as administrators, legislators, or advisers.
c. An assembly of church officials and theologians convened for regulating matters of doctrine and discipline.
2. The discussion or deliberation that takes place in such an assembly or body.

[Middle English counceil, from Old French concile, from Latin concilium; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Council, counsel, and consul are never interchangeable, though their meanings are related. Council and councilor refer principally to a deliberative assembly (such as a city council or student council), its work, and its membership. Counsel and counselor pertain chiefly to advice and guidance in general and to a person (such as a lawyer or camp counselor) who provides it. Consul denotes an officer in the foreign service of a country.


1. an assembly of people meeting for discussion, consultation, etc: an emergency council.
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a body of people elected or appointed to serve in an administrative, legislative, or advisory capacity: a student council.
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the council (sometimes capital) Brit the local governing authority of a town, county, etc
4. a meeting or the deliberation of a council
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (modifier) of, relating to, provided for, or used by a local council: a council chamber; council offices.
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (modifier) Brit provided by a local council, esp (of housing) at a subsidized rent: a council house; a council estate.
7. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Austral an administrative or legislative assembly, esp the upper house of a state parliament in Australia
8. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity an assembly of bishops, theologians, and other representatives of several churches or dioceses, convened for regulating matters of doctrine or discipline
[C12: from Old French concile, from Latin concilium assembly, from com- together + calāre to call; influenced also by Latin consilium advice, counsel]
Usage: Avoid confusion with counsel


(ˈkaʊn səl)

1. an assembly of persons convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice.
2. a body of persons appointed or elected to act in an advisory, administrative, or legislative capacity: the governor's council on housing.
3. an ecclesiastical assembly for deciding matters of doctrine or discipline.
[1125–75; Middle English co(u)nsile < Old French concile < Late Latin concilium synod, church council (Latin: assembly), probably = Latin con- con- + -cil(āre), comb. form of calāre to summon, convoke + -ium -ium1]
usage: council and counsel are not interchangeable. council is a noun. Its most common sense is “an assembly of persons convened for deliberation or the like.” counsel is both noun and verb. Its most common meaning as a noun is “advice given to another.” In law, counsel means “legal adviser or advisers” and can be either singular or plural. As a verb, counsel means “to advise.”


 an assembly elected or appointed to administer a county, district, or city; the governing body of various professions, institutions, societies, etc.


1. 'council'

Council /'kaʊnsəl/ is a noun. A council is a group of people who run a local area such as a town, city, or county.

...Wiltshire County Council.

Some other groups of people who run organizations are also called Councils.

...the Arts Council.
...the British Council of Churches.
2. 'counsel'

Counsel /'kaʊnsəl/ is usually a verb. If you counsel someone, you give them advice about their problems.

Part of her work is to counsel families when problems arise.

Someone's counsel is the lawyer who gives them advice on a legal case and speaks on their behalf in court.

Singleton's counsel said after the trial that he would appeal.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.council - a body serving in an administrative capacitycouncil - a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"
administrative body, administrative unit - a unit with administrative responsibilities
Sanhedrin - the supreme judicial and ecclesiastical council of ancient Jerusalem
Security Council, SC - a permanent council of the United Nations; responsible for preserving world peace
Trusteeship Council, TC - a permanent council of the United Nations that commissions a country (or countries) to undertake the administration of a territory
Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC - a permanent council of the United Nations; responsible for economic and social conditions
NAC, North Atlantic Council - a council consisting of permanent representatives of all the member countries of NATO; has political authority and powers of decision
city council - a municipal body that can pass ordinances and appropriate funds etc.
executive council - a council that shares the supreme executive power
panchayat, panchayet, punchayet - a village council in India or southern Pakistan
privy council - an advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British Crown)
works council - (chiefly Brit) a council representing employer and employees of a plant or business to discuss working conditions etc; also: a committee representing the workers elected to negotiate with management about grievances and wages etc
soviet - an elected governmental council in a communist country (especially one that is a member of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)
world council - a council with representatives from different nations
2.council - (Christianity) an assembly of theologians and bishops and other representatives of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
assembly - a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose
ecumenical council - (early Christian church) one of seven gatherings of bishops from around the known world under the presidency of the Pope to regulate matters of faith and morals and discipline; "the first seven councils through 787 are considered to be ecumenical councils by both the Roman Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox church but the next fourteen councils are considered ecumenical only by the Roman Catholic church"
Fourth Council of Constantinople, Constantinople - the council in 869 that condemned Photius who had become the patriarch of Constantinople without approval from the Vatican, thereby precipitating the schism between the eastern and western churches
Lateran Council - any of five general councils of the Western Catholic Church that were held in the Lateran Palace
First Council of Lyons, Lyons - the council of the Western Church in 1245 that excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and planned a new crusade against the Holy Land
Second Council of Lyons, Lyons - the council in 1274 that effected a temporary reunion of the Greek Orthodox with the Roman Catholic Church
Council of Vienne, Vienne - the council in 1311-1313 that dealt with alleged crimes of the Knights Templar, planned a new crusade, and took on the reformation of the clergy
Council of Constance, Constance - the council in 1414-1418 that succeeded in ending the Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church
Council of Basel-Ferrara-Florence - the council in 1431-1439 that concentrated on the elimination of heresies and on reforms within the Roman Catholic Church
Council of Trent - a council of the Roman Catholic Church convened in Trento in three sessions between 1545 and 1563 to examine and condemn the teachings of Martin Luther and other Protestant reformers; redefined the Roman Catholic doctrine and abolished various ecclesiastical abuses and strengthened the papacy
Vatican Council - each of two councils of the Roman Catholic Church
3.council - a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council"
group meeting, meeting - a formally arranged gathering; "next year the meeting will be in Chicago"; "the meeting elected a chairperson"
indaba - a council at which indigenous peoples of southern Africa meet to discuss some important question
Jirga - a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders; "most criminal cases are handled by a tribal Jirga rather than by laws or police"
powwow - a council of or with Native Americans
synod - a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical business
council member, councillor - a member of a council


1. governing body, board, committee, panel, quango The city council has voted almost unanimously in favour of the proposal.
2. governing body, house, parliament, congress, cabinet, ministry, diet, panel, assembly, chamber, convention, synod, conclave, convocation, conference The powers of the King had been handed over temporarily to a council of ministers.
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A. N
1. (= committee) → consejo m, junta f (Rel) → concilio m
see also security B
2. (in local government) → concejo m municipal
city/town councilayuntamiento m
you should write to the council about itdeberías escribir al ayuntamiento acerca de eso
the council should move the rubbishles corresponde a los servicios municipales recoger la basura
3. (= meeting) → reunión f, sesión f
council of warconsejo m de guerra
B. CPD Council of Europe NConsejo m de Europa
council flat N (Brit) → piso m or (LAm) departamento m de protección oficial
council house N (Brit) → casa f de protección oficial
council housing N (Brit) → viviendas fpl de protección oficial
council (housing) estate N (Brit) → urbanización f or barrio m de viviendas de protección oficial
council meeting Npleno m municipal
Council of Ministers NConsejo m de Ministros (de la Unión Europea)
council tax N (Brit) impuesto municipal
council tenant N (Brit) → inquilino/a m/f (de una vivienda de protección oficial)


[ˈkaʊnsəl] n [town, city] → conseil m municipal
He's on the council → Il fait partie du conseil municipal. Arts Councilcouncil estate n (British)lotissement m de logements sociaux, lotissement m de logements à loyer modéré
on a council estate → dans un lotissement de logements sociauxcouncil flat n (British)appartement m à loyer modéré (loué à la municipalité)council house n (British)maison f à loyer modéré (louée à la municipalité)


n (= body of representatives)Rat m; (= meeting)Sitzung f, → Beratung f; city/town councilStadtrat m; to be on the councilim Rat sitzen, Ratsmitglied sein; to hold councilBeratungen abhalten, Rat halten (old); council of warKriegsrat m; Council of EuropeEuroparat m; Council of Ministers (Pol) → Ministerrat m
adj attr council meetingRatssitzung f


council chamber
nSitzungssaal mdes Rats
council estate
nSozialwohnungssiedlung f
council flat
council house
council housing


[ˈkaʊnsl] nconsiglio
council of war → consiglio di guerra
city or town council → consiglio comunale
the Security Council of the United Nations → il Consiglio di Sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite
Council of Europe → Consiglio d'Europa


(ˈkaunsəl) noun
1. a group of people formed in order to advise etc. The King formed a council of wise men; the Council for Recreation.
2. in the United Kingdom, a body of people elected to control the workings of local government in a county, region, district etc.
ˈcouncillor noun
a person who is elected to serve on a council.


مَجْلِس rada råd Sitzung συμβούλιο ayuntamiento, concejo neuvosto conseil vijeće consiglio 審議会 회의 raad råd rada conselho совет kommunfullmäktige สภาท้องถิ่น meclis hội đồng 政务会
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Fame is a very good thing to have in the house, but cash is more convenient, so I wish to take the sense of the meeting on this important subject," said Jo, calling a family council.
The Vannis kept exemplary order, and closed every evening at the hour suggested by the city council.
Finding the great king beyond the water disappointed in his expectations, and conscious of the importance of the Long Knife, and their own wretchedness, some of the nations immediately desired peace; to which, at present, they seem universally disposed, and are sending ambassadors to General Clark, at the Falls of the Ohio, with the minutes of their Councils, a specimen of which, in the minutes of the Piankashaw Council, is subjoined.
Your poor cousin Clifford is another dead and long-buried person, on whom the governor and council have wrought a necromantic miracle.
No longer ago than yester-eve, a magistrate, a wise and godly man, was discoursing of your affairs, Mistress Hester, and whispered me that there had been question concerning you in the council.
No politician in Chicago ranked higher in their confidence; he had been at it a long time--had been the business agent in the city council of old Durham, the self-made merchant, way back in the early days, when the whole city of Chicago had been up at auction.
If my esteemed neighbor, the State's ambassador, who will devote his days to the settlement of the question of human rights in the Council Chamber, instead of being threatened with the prisons of Carolina, were to sit down the prisoner of Massachusetts, that State which is so anxious to foist the sin of slavery upon her sister--though at present she can discover only an act of inhospitality to be the ground of a quarrel with her--the Legislature would not wholly waive the subject of the following winter.
The first genuine specimen which we came upon was the mansion of a rich farmer and member of the Common Council of the parish or district.
How are you going to have a republic at all, where the head of the government is absolute, holds his place forever, and has no parliament, no council to meddle or make in his affairs, nobody voted for, nobody elected, nobody in the whole universe with a voice in the government, nobody asked to take a hand in its matters, and nobody ALLOWED to do it?
There was a great amount of hilarity in the preparation for this event, and a long council in Emma Jane's attic.
So far as practical results were concerned, the sitting of the family council began and ended with the general opinion that Frank must go.
That Providence, however, had put it into the heart of a person who was beyond fear and beyond reproach, to ferret out the nature of the prisoner's schemes, and, struck with horror, to disclose them to his Majesty's Chief Secretary of State and most honourable Privy Council.