Definitions for Councilˈkaʊn səl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

coun•cil*ˈkaʊn səl(n.)

  1. an assembly of persons convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice.

  2. a body of persons appointed or elected to act in an advisory, administrative, or legislative capacity:

    the governor's council on housing.

    Category: Government

  3. an ecclesiastical assembly for deciding matters of doctrine or discipline.

    Category: Religion

* Usage: council and counsel are not interchangeable. council is a noun. Its most common sense is “an assembly of persons convened for deliberation or the like.”counsel is both noun and verb. Its most common meaning as a noun is “advice given to another.” In law, counsel means “legal adviser or advisers” and can be either singular or plural. As a verb, counsel means “to advise.”

Origin of council:

1125–75; ME co(u)nsile < OF concile < LL concilium synod, church council (L: assembly), prob. = L con-con - +-cil(āre), comb. form of calāre to summon, convoke +-ium -ium1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. council(noun)

    a body serving in an administrative capacity

    "student council"

  2. council(noun)

    (Christianity) an assembly of theologians and bishops and other representatives of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine

  3. council(noun)

    a meeting of people for consultation

    "emergency council"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. council(noun)ˈkaʊn səl

    a group of people chosen to advise or make decisions

    the Council for International Education

  2. councilˈkaʊn səl

    politicians elected to govern a city or town

    She's running for city council.


  1. council(Noun)

    A committee that leads or governs (e.g. city council, student council)

  2. council(Noun)

    discussion or deliberation

  3. Origin: From cuncile, from concile, from concilium

Webster Dictionary

  1. Council(noun)

    an assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for consultation in a critical case

  2. Council(noun)

    a body of man elected or appointed to constitute an advisory or a legislative assembly; as, a governor's council; a city council

  3. Council(noun)

    act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Council' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #296

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Council' in Written Corpus Frequency: #259

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Council' in Nouns Frequency: #60

Translations for Council

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a group of people formed in order to advise etc

The King formed a council of wise men; the Council for Recreation.

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