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Priv·y Council

 (prĭv′ē)
n.
1. A council of the British sovereign that until the 1600s was the supreme legislative body, that now consists of cabinet ministers ex officio and others appointed for life, and that has no important function except through its Judicial Committee, which in certain cases acts as a supreme appellate court in the Commonwealth.
2. privy council An advisory council to an executive.

privy councilor n.
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privy council

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the council of state of a monarch or noble, esp formerly
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Canada) a ceremonial body of advisers of the governor general, the chief of them being the Federal cabinet ministers
3. archaic a private or secret council

Privy Council

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the private council of the British sovereign, consisting of all current and former ministers of the Crown and other distinguished subjects, all of whom are appointed for life. See also Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Privy Counsellor n
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priv′y coun′cil


n.
1. a board or select body of personal advisers, as of a sovereign.
2. (caps.)
a. (in Great Britain) a body of persons who advise the sovereign in matters of state, the majority of members being selected by the prime minister.
b. (in Canada) a body of persons who advise the Governor General.
[1250–1300]
priv′y coun′cilor, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.privy council - an advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British Crown)privy council - an advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British Crown)
council - a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"
diwan, divan - a Muslim council of state
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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Translations
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tajná rada

Privy Council

n (Brit) the Privy Councilil Consiglio della Corona
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Weston's fault that the number of privy councillors was not yet larger.
I always intend to join a gymnasium; they say that officials of all ranks, even Privy Councillors, may be seen skipping gaily there; there you have it, modern science .
"Forward then, my respectable privy councillor," replied Colonel Philippe, whistling to the dogs, who seemed more willing to obey him than the public functionary to whom they belonged.
Privy Councillor Wurmt, Chancelier d'Ambassade, was rather short-sighted.
I went, I say, to Homburg, but afterwards went also to Roulettenberg, as well as to Spa and Baden; in which latter place, for a time, I acted as valet to a certain rascal of a Privy Councillor, by name Heintze, who until lately was also my master here.
Presently they would marry Generals or Kammerherrs and have girls and boys of their own, who perhaps would be aware of him as a celebrated old professor, decorated, possibly a Privy Councillor, one of the glories of Russia--nothing more!
They want me to be a peer and a privy councillor. I've come out here partly in order to settle the matter.
We both voted to remain in the EU and we became Privy Councillors in the same audience with the Queen.
As the new king, Prince Charles will stand before an emergency gathering, which will include peers, MPs, archbishops and other Privy Councillors to make the Oath of Accession.
Also present at the April 7 meeting were fellow privy councillors Michael Gove and Cheryl Gillan - both advocates of a vote to leave the EU in the June 23 referendum - as well as Liberal Democrat peer Lord McNally.