Definitions for council
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word council.
a body serving in an administrative capacity
(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
a meeting of people for consultation
A committee that leads or governs (e.g. city council, student council)
discussion or deliberation
Etymology: From cuncile, from concile, from concilium
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: concilium, Latin.
The chief priests, and all the council, sought false witness. Mat. xxvi. 59.
In histories composed by politicians, they are for drawing up a perpetual scheme of causes and events, and preserving a constant correspondence between the camp and the council table. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 170.
Some borrow all their religion from the fathers of the Christian church, or from their synods or councils. Isaac Watts.
They being thus assembled, are more properly a council to the king, the great council of the kingdom, to advise his majesty in those things of weight and difficulty, which concern both the king and people, than a court. Francis Bacon, Adv. to Villiers.
Without the knowledge
Either of king or council, you made bold
To carry into Flanders the great seal. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
A council is a group of people who come together to consult, deliberate, or make decisions. A council may function as a legislature, especially at a town, city or county/shire level, but most legislative bodies at the state/provincial or national level are not considered councils. At such levels, there may be no separate executive branch, and the council may effectively represent the entire government. A board of directors might also be denoted as a council. A committee might also be denoted as a council, though a committee is generally a subordinate body composed of members of a larger body, while a council may not be. Because many schools have a student council, the council is the form of governance with which many people are likely to have their first experience as electors or participants. A member of a council may be referred to as a councillor or councilperson, or by the gender-specific titles of councilman and councilwoman.
A council is a group of people who come together to consult, deliberate, make decisions or provide advice on particular issues. This may be a representative body elected or appointed within a community, organization, local government or at a higher level. The term can be used in various contexts such as a city council, student council, or council of ministers.
an assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for consultation in a critical case
a body of man elected or appointed to constitute an advisory or a legislative assembly; as, a governor's council; a city council
act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kown′sil, n. an assembly called together for deliberation or advice: the body of men constituting such an assembly: the body of men directing the affairs of the city: an assembly of ecclesiastics met to regulate doctrine or discipline (diocesan, provincial, national, general, or œcumenical).—ns. Coun′cil-board, the board or table round which a council meets for deliberation: the council itself; Coun′cil-cham′ber, the room where a council is held; Coun′cillor, a member of a council, esp. of a common council; Coun′cil-man, a member of a municipal council.—Council of war, a conference of military or naval officers called to meet and consult with the commander.—General council, one called by an invitation to the church at large, also Œcumenical, if received by the Catholic Church in general—as the first seven, 325-787.—In council, in the council-chamber: in giving advice.—Privy-council (see Privy). [Fr. concile—L. concilium.]
A group and team of united socialist people working together as an intelligent and just team created through a fair, just and transparent voting process which elects socialist candidates to a specific role and responsibility. The team work together to create in order of priority, optimum health, democracy, human rights, right to life, socialism, fair and just redistribution of wealth and shared prosperity for all people and focus positively on cocreating in order of priority optimum health, human rights, right to life, shared prosperity for all, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, human rights, animal rights, right to housing, right to education, right to parent, right to free preschool education, right to a standard of living, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, civil rights, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, justness and fairness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.
The student council work as a united team for the shared rights and prosperity of everyone they serve.
Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020
Counsel vs. Council -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Counsel and Council.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Council is ranked #5037 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Council surname appeared 6,964 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Council.
59.7% or 4,164 total occurrences were Black.
34% or 2,372 total occurrences were White.
2.9% or 207 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.4% or 169 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.4% or 31 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
0.3% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'council' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #296
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'council' in Written Corpus Frequency: #259
Rank popularity for the word 'council' in Nouns Frequency: #60
The numerical value of council in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of council in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
The complicating factor to put an end to this crisis is the division within the Security Council. As we have seen before, whenever the Security Council is divided, whenever especially the five permanent members of the Security Council are divided, it just makes achieving peace that much more complicated. while the U.N. Security Council can reach majority opinion and sometimes consensus on pressing international issues, there are glaring times when it is a complete failure. This is one such case.
The idea of an incarnation of God is absurd: why should the human race think itself so superior to bees, ants, and elephants as to be put in this unique relation to its maker? . . Christians are like a council of frogs in a marsh or a synod of worms on a dung-hill croaking and squeaking "for our sakes was the world created."
It's a gross negligence of leadership, have Atlantic Council ever heard the American president say to other nations,' Atlantic Council are in this together and Atlantic Council want to work closely with you every day to guarantee the health of all of our people' ? Atlantic Council's not hard to say.
The outcome of the war is in our hands; the outcome of words is in the council.
You have every right to be an idiot. What you don't have the right to do is you don't have the right to harass shopkeepers, you don't have the right to scare people away from downtown and from those stores at their busiest time of year, and you don't have the right to expose your children to this. This is flagrant behaviour that puts other people at risk … we [city Council] have far better things we should be doing with our time than dealing with these people [CoVID-19 anti-mask protestors].
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Translations for council
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- consellCatalan, Valencian
- valtuusto, neuvostoFinnish
- concilio, consiliumLatin
- dome, padomeLatvian
- kommunestyret, rådNorwegian
- вије́ће, са́вјет, са́вет, sávjet, véće, sávet, ве́ће, vijéćeSerbo-Croatian
- styrelse, rådSwedish
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