Privy-council meaning

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A council of the British sovereign that until the 1600s was the supreme legislative body, that now consists of cabinet ministers ex officio and others appointed for life, and that has no important function except through its Judicial Committee, which in certain cases acts as a supreme appellate court in the Commonwealth.
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An advisory council to an executive.
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A body of advisors or confidential counselors appointed by or serving a ruler, esp. a monarch.
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A body of advisers to a sovereign functioning much as a cabinet.
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The British Privy Council.
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Origin of privy-council

  • Middle English prive + council

    From Wiktionary