Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also privy councillor)
Definition of privy counsellor in English:
A member of a Privy Council.
- Among the MPs voting against the government were all three of the privy counsellors on the Newton Committee which reviews terrorism legislation.
- A coalition of MPs, including Tories and Labour rebels, prepared to trigger a parliamentary inquiry by privy counsellors into the conduct of Blair and his ministers on the Iraq war.
- Most of Queen Mary's reign he spent abroad, but on Elizabeth's accession he was made a privy counsellor and vice-chamberlain.
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