1. An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for consultation in a critical case.
2. A body of man elected or appointed to constitute an advisory or a legislative assembly; as, a governor's council; a city council.
An old lord of the council rated me the other day. --Shak.
3. Act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation.
Satan . . . void of rest,
His potentates to council called by night. --Milton.
O great in action and in council wise. --Pope.
Aulic council. See under Aulic.
Cabinet council. See under Cabinet.
City council, the legislative branch of a city government, usually consisting of a board of aldermen and common council, but sometimes otherwise constituted.
Common council. See under Common.
Council board, Council table, the table round which a council holds consultation; also, the council itself in deliberation.
Council chamber, the room or apartment in which a council meets.
Council fire, the ceremonial fire kept burning while the Indians hold their councils. [U.S.] --Bartlett.
Council of war, an assembly of officers of high rank, called to consult with the commander in chief in regard to measures or importance or nesessity.
Ecumenical council Eccl., an assembly of prelates or divines convened from the whole body of the church to regulate matters of doctrine or discipline.
Executive council, a body of men elected as advisers of the chief magistrate, whether of a State or the nation. [U.S.]
Legislative council, the upper house of a legislature, usually called the senate.
Privy council. See under Privy. [Eng.]
Syn: -- Assembly; meeting; congress; diet; parliament; convention; convocation; synod.
n 1: a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student
2: (Christianity) an assembly or theologians and bishops and
other representative of different churches or dioceses
that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or
3: a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council"
spoken of counsellors who sat in public trials with the governor
of a province (Acts 25:12).
The Jewish councils were the Sanhedrim, or supreme council of
the nation, which had subordinate to it smaller tribunals (the
"judgment," perhaps, in Matt. 5:21, 22) in the cities of
Palestine (Matt. 10:17; Mark 13:9). In the time of Christ the
functions of the Sanhedrim were limited (John 16:2; 2 Cor.
11:24). In Ps. 68:27 the word "council" means simply a company
of persons. (R.V. marg., "company.")
In ecclesiastical history the word is used to denote an
assembly of pastors or bishops for the discussion and regulation
of church affairs. The first of these councils was that of the
apostles and elders at Jerusalem, of which we have a detailed
account in Acts 15.