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Definition of council noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a group of people who are elected to govern an area such as a city or county a city/town/county/borough/district council She's on the local council. a council meeting
  2. 2a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money, etc. the Medical Research Council see also student council
  3. 3(formal) (especially in the past) a formal meeting to discuss what action to take in a particular situation The King held a council at Nottingham in mid-October 1330.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: council