- 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