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.