1. a body serving in an administrative capacity
; - Example: "student council"
2. (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
3. a meeting of people for consultation
; - Example: "emergency council"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Council \Coun"cil\ (koun"s[i^]l), n. [F. concile, fr. L.
concilium; con- + calare to call, akin to Gr. ??? to call,
and E. hale, v., haul. Cf. Conciliate. This word is often
confounded with counsel, with which it has no connection.]
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.
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
Council chamber, the room or apartment in which a council
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student
2: (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
3: a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
151 Moby Thesaurus words for "council":
Areopagus, Bund, Rochdale cooperative, advisory council, alliance,
assemblage, assemblee, assembly, assignation, association, at home,
audience, axis, ball, band, bargaining, bargaining session, bloc,
board, board of directors, board of regents, board of trustees,
body, brawl, cabinet, cadre, camarilla, caucus, coalition, college,
colloquium, combination, combine, commission, committee,
common market, conclave, concourse, confab, confabulation,
confederacy, confederation, conference, confrontation,
congregation, congress, consistory, consultation,
consumer cooperative, conventicle, convention, convocation,
cooperative, cooperative society, corps, council fire,
council of state, council of war, credit union, curia,
customs union, dance, date, diet, directorate, directors,
directory, discussion, divan, economic community, eisteddfod,
exchange of views, executive arm, executive committee,
executive hierarchy, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter, federation,
festivity, fete, forgathering, forum, free trade area, gang,
gathering, get-together, governing board, governing body, group,
grouping, high-level talk, housewarming, huddle, infrastructure,
inquisition, interchange of views, interlocking directorate,
interview, judicatory, judicature, judiciary, kitchen cabinet,
league, levee, machine, management, meet, meeting, ministry, mob,
negotiations, news conference, palaver, panel, parley, partnership,
party, plenum, political machine, pourparler, powwow,
press conference, privy council, prom, quorum, rally, reception,
rendezvous, ring, seance, session, shadow cabinet, shindig, sit-in,
sitting, society, soiree, steering committee, summit,
summit conference, summitry, symposium, synod, the Inquisition,
the administration, the brass, the executive, the people upstairs,
top brass, tribunal, turnout, union
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
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.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
COUNCIL, legislation. This word signifies an assembly.
2. It was used among the Romans to express the meeting of only a part
of the people, and that the most respectable, in opposition to the
assemblies of the whole people.
3. It is now usually applied to the legislative bodies of cities and
4. In some states, as in Massachusetts, a body of men called the
council, are elected, whose duties are to advise the governor in the
executive part of the government. Const. of Mass. part 2, c. 2, s. 3, art. 1
and 2. See 14 Mass. 470; 3 Pick. 517; 4 Pick. 25 19 John. R. 58. In England,
the king's council are the king's judges of his courts of justice. 3 Inst.
125; 1 Bl. Com. 229.
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Council, ID -- U.S. city in Idaho
Population (2000): 816
Housing Units (2000): 425
Land area (2000): 0.727606 sq. miles (1.884490 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.727606 sq. miles (1.884490 sq. km)
FIPS code: 18820
Located within: Idaho (ID), FIPS 16
Location: 44.730083 N, 116.436213 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 83612
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.