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privy counsellor Line breaks: privy coun¦sel|lor

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also privy councillor)

Definition of privy counsellor in English:


A member of a Privy Council.
Example sentences
  • 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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