- 1An advisory, deliberative, or legislative body of people formally constituted and meeting regularly: an official human rights councilMore example sentences
- When papers were served on the council, officials took steps to find a place for the boy.
- A report was given on the council meeting which was attended by two members of the guild.
- She is scheduled to formally open the advisory council's standing committee meeting on Thursday.
- 1.1A body of people elected to manage the affairs of a city, county, or other municipal district.More example sentences
- Local government consists of elected county and municipal councils.
- City and district councils are at the forefront of dog control.
- Mayors and municipal councils are elected directly by the local community.
- 1.2An ecclesiastical assembly.More example sentences
- Before deciding to accept, he conferred with his synod council.
- So it seems the plenary council and synod proposals have been put on a back burner.
- Synod councils can send recommendations to the Church Council before its April meeting.
- 1.3An assembly or meeting for consultation or advice: that evening, she held a family councilMore example sentences
- She has no business in a family council only open to family members.
- Call a family council at some other time to work out such problems.
- Ordinarily, a family council is based on principles and processes set out in a family charter but this is not always the case.
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.