An example of a council is a group brought together to decide how city funds should be spent.
- a group of people called together for consultation, discussion, advice, etc.
- a group of people chosen as an administrative, advisory, or legislative assembly
- the legislative body of a city or other municipality
- Brit. the administrative body of a county, town, city, district, etc.
- an assembly of church officials to discuss points of doctrine, etc.
- a body of delegates from local units of a union, confederation, etc.
- an organization or society, or one of its levels of governing bodies
- the discussion or deliberation in a council
Origin of councilMiddle English counceil from Old French concile from Classical Latin concilium, group of people, meeting from com-, together + calere, to call (see clamor); confused in form and meaning in Middle English with counsel
- a. An assembly of persons called together for consultation, deliberation, or discussion.b. A body of people elected or appointed to serve as administrators, legislators, or advisers.c. An assembly of church officials and theologians convened for regulating matters of doctrine and discipline.
- The discussion or deliberation that takes place in such an assembly or body.
Origin of councilMiddle English counceil from Old French concile from Latin concilium ; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Council, counsel, and consul are never interchangeable, though their meanings are related. Council and councilor refer principally to a deliberative assembly (such as a city council or student council), its work, and its membership. Counsel and counselor pertain chiefly to advice and guidance in general and to a person (such as a lawyer or camp counselor) who provides it. Consul denotes an officer in the foreign service of a country.