Definition of privy council in English:

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privy council

noun

A body of advisers or private counselors appointed by a sovereign or a governor general (now chiefly on an honorary basis and including present and former government ministers).
Example sentences
  • The Privy Council is an unelected body; constitutionally it is answerable only to the reigning monarch.
  • The reference by the Prime Minister to the Privy Council is merely a sop to overactive consciences.
  • I have noted that there have been no appointments to the Privy Council in terms of members of this House.

Derivatives

privy councilor

noun
Example sentences
  • But his decision to make ten of his twenty-one privy councilors women was yet another unheard of innovation.
  • The privy councilor presided over the competition and presented the winning team with the revered King's Cup Trophy.
  • He said he and officials felt very grateful for suggestions and moral support given by the privy councilor.

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Syllabification: priv·y coun·cil

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