Definitions of council

  1. a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (Christianity) an assembly or theologians and bishops and other representative of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for consultation in a critical case. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. A body of man elected or appointed to constitute an advisory or a legislative assembly; as, a governor's council; a city council. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. An assembly of persons met in consultation, or to give advice; a municipal body. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. An assembly called together for deliberation or advice. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. An assembly for deliberation or advice. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. An assembly for consultation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. An assembly convened for consultation, deliberation, and advice; specially a body of men to advise a sovereign or chief magistrate in the administration of the government; an assembly of prelates and doctors, convened for regulating matters of doctrine and discipline in the Church. Common council of a city, the body of representatives of the citizens. Ecumenical council, an assembly of prelates and doctors, representing the whole Church. Privy council, a select council for advising a king in the administration of the government. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. An assembly met for consultation or convened to give advice; an ecclesiastical meeting; a municipal body. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. 1. The great council of the Sanhedrin, which sat at Jerusalem. [SANHEDRIN] 2. The lesser courts, ( Matthew 10:17 ; Mark 13:9 ) of which there were two at Jerusalem and one in each town of Palestine. The constitution of these courts is a doubtful point. The existence of local courts, however constituted, is clearly implied in the passages quoted from the New Testament; and perhaps the "judgment," ( Matthew 5:21 ) applies to them. 3. A kind of jury or privy council, ( Acts 25:12 ) consisting of a certain number of assessors, who assisted Roman governors in the administration of justice and in other public matters. biblestudytools.com
  14. 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 Matthew 5:21 Matthew 5:22 ) in the cities of Palestine ( Matthew 10:17 ; Mark 13:9 ). In the time of Christ the functions of the Sanhedrim were limited ( John 16:2 ; 2 co. 11:24 ). In Psalms 68:27 the word "council" means simply a company of persons. (RSV 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 . biblestudytools.com
  15. kown'sil, n. an assembly called together for deliberation or advice: the body of men constituting such an assembly: the body of men directing the affairs of the city: an assembly of ecclesiastics met to regulate doctrine or discipline (diocesan, provincial, national, general, or oecumenical).--ns. COUN'CIL-BOARD, the board or table round which a council meets for deliberation: the council itself; COUN'CIL-CHAM'BER, the room where a council is held; COUN'CILLOR, a member of a council, esp. of a common council; COUN'CIL-MAN, a member of a municipal council.--COUNCIL OF WAR, a conference of military or naval officers called to meet and consult with the commander.--GENERAL COUNCIL, one called by an invitation to the church at large, also OECUMENICAL, if received by the Catholic Church in general--as the first seven, 325-787.--IN COUNCIL, in the council-chamber: in giving advice.--PRIVY-COUNCIL (see PRIVY). [Fr. concile--L. concilium.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Ecclesiastical assembly, as oecumenical, diocesan, c.; (N.T.) Jewish Sanhedrin; advisory ordeliberative assembly.as (Hist.) Great C., c. of tenants-in-chief& great ecclesiastics (last summoned in 1640), cabinet c.; body of councilors, as privy c., C. of State (of foreign countries); body assisting governor of British crown colony or dependency; local administrative body of town, city, or administrative county, as County C.; C. of War, assembly of officers called in special emergency, (in some foreign countries) permanent military board; c.-board, table at which c. sits, c. in session; c.-chamber, -house, (in which c. meets). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. Under the colonial governments, the council, legislative council, or executive council, was a body partaking of the nature and functions of an upper House of the Legislature, and of a privy council. The name was retained for the upper House of the Legislature by Delaware until 1792, by Georgia until 1798, by South Carolina until 1790 and by Vermont until 1836. In later days this name has also been applied to the upper House of the Territorial Legislatures. In a few States the Governor has an executive council. Dictionary of United States history
  18. n. [Latin] An assembly summoned for consultation or advice; —the body nominated to advise the sovereign in matters of government; —the representatives elected by the citizens for the municipal government of a city; an assembly of prelates and doctors, representing the church; congress; convocation. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. An assembly of persons met together in consultation; persons called together to be consulted; the body of privy counsellors. Complete Dictionary

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