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Usage statistics for the noun council:

spoken English58.46%written English41.54% conversational speech8.36%task-oriented speech91.64% imaginative writing8.69%informational writing91.31%

Council is sometimes a misspelling of cancelled or counsel.

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Definition of the noun council

What does council mean as a name of something?

Council is one of the top 100 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: councils

  1. a body serving in an administrative capacity
  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
    • domain: Christian religion / Christianity
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: assembly = a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • ecumenical council = one of seven gatherings of bishops from around the known world under the presidency of the Pope to regulate matters of faith and morals and discipline
      • Fourth Council of Constantinople / Constantinople = the council in 869 that condemned Photius who had become the patriarch of Constantinople without approval from the Vatican, thereby precipitating the schism between the eastern and western churches
      • Lateran Council = any of five general councils of the Western Catholic Church that were held in the Lateran Palace
      • First Council of Lyons / Lyons = the council of the Western Church in 1245 that excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and planned a new crusade against the Holy Land
      • Second Council of Lyons / Lyons = the council in 1274 that effected a temporary reunion of the Greek Orthodox with the Roman Catholic Church
      • Council of Vienne / Vienne = the council in 1311-1313 that dealt with alleged crimes of the Knights Templar, planned a new crusade, and took on the reformation of the clergy
      • Council of Constance / Constance = the council in 1414-1418 that succeeded in ending the Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church
      • Council of Basel-Ferrara-Florence = the council in 1431-1439 that concentrated on the elimination of heresies and on reforms within the Roman Catholic Church
      • Council of Trent = a council of the Roman Catholic Church convened in Trento in three sessions between 1545 and 1563 to examine and condemn the teachings of Martin Luther and other Protestant reformers
      • Vatican Council = each of two councils of the Roman Catholic Church
  3. a meeting of people for consultation
    • example: emergency council
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic terms: group meeting / meeting = a formally arranged gathering
    • more specific words:
      • indaba = a council at which indigenous peoples of southern Africa meet to discuss some important question
      • Jirga = a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders
      • powwow = a council of or with Native Americans
      • synod = a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical business
    • member: council member / councillor = a member of a council


  1. council a.k.a. Euroregion: In European politics, the term Euroregion usually refers to a transnational co-operation structure between two contiguous territories located in different European countries. Euroregions represent a specific type of cross-border region.
  2. Council is a city in and the county seat of Adams County, Idaho, United States. The population was 839 at the 2010 census.
  3. Council is an abandoned townsite in the Nome Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska.
  4. Council a.k.a. Council, Virginia: Council is an unincorporated community in Buchanan County, in the U.S. state of Virginia.

There are other places with in their name, like Council Hill, Council Grove, Council house, Council Bluffs, Municipal council, Huon Valley Council, Ku-ring-gai Council, Council of Constance, Council Hill Township, Down District Council, Larne Borough Council, Council Creek Township, Ef'al Regional Council, Mansfield Arts Council, Moyle District Council, Tamar Regional Council, Council Grove State Park, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Fermanagh District Council and Gan Raveh Regional Council.


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  1. Council: A council is a group of people who come together to consult, deliberate, or make decisions. A council may function as a legislature, especially at a town, city or county level, but most legislative bodies at the state or national level are not considered councils. At such levels, there may be no separate executive branch, and the council may effectively represent the entire government. A board of directors might also be denoted as a council. A committee might also be denoted as a council, though a committee is generally a subordinate body composed of members of a larger body, while a council may not be. Because many schools have a student council, the council is the form of governance with which many people are likely to have their first experience as electors or participants.
  2. Council: Activities involved in recording and administering the work of the University Council.
  3. Council is a job title.

Phrases with Council

Phrases starting with the word Council:

  1. council tax
  2. Council Tree
  3. council board
  4. council table
  5. Council Estate
  6. council member
  7. council chamber
  8. council of trent

Phrases ending with the word Council:

  1. city council
  2. City-Council
  3. privy council
  4. works council
  5. world council
  6. county council
  7. lateran council
  8. Unitary Council
  9. vatican council
  10. Minority Council
  11. Order-in-Council
  12. security council

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Council

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Google previewBoogarLists | Directory of Business Councils The Sierra Business Council is a nonprofit association of more than five hundred businesses, agencies, and individuals working to secure the social, environmental and financial health ...

Google previewProfiles in Wisdom (2000)

Native Elders Speak about the Earth by Steven McFadden

"A council is the gathering of heads, hearts, and minds. Our people are not aware of this today. People today do...

The council is a circle, and everyone sits equally around that circle.

Google previewCouncil of Ministers (2000)

Political Authority in the European Union by Philippa Sherrington

The Council is the final decision-maker in the EU and is not legally charged with the formulation or implementation of policy; that is the role of the Commission. The Council can be viewed as a government consisting of a number of players, ...

Google previewCorporate Real Estate Asset Management (2017)

Strategy and Implementation by Barry Haynes, Nick Nunnington, Timothy Eccles

is a UK unitary authority, which means that the city council is the democratically elected...

A county council is an elected and administrative body, governing and servicing a county through a two-tier system – counties...

Google previewBritish Medical Journal (1896)

The Council is a great stumbling block to reform. Its failure is mainly due to its opo . character, which places it beyond the control of the medical profession. The Council is mainly composed of nominees of universities and colleges, and the net ...

Google previewThe Twelve Week Challenge (2007)

by Sidne O'Reilly

Family council is an excellent time to coordinate the family calendar for the week, recognize special achievements by family...

One of the most important aspects of family council is that everyone there gets the opportunity to participate and feel ...

Google previewActive Social Capital (2012)

Tracing the Roots of Development and Democracy by Anirudh Krishna

The traditional Village Council is an informal...

Google previewApplied Crisis Communication and Crisis Management (2013)

Cases and Exercises by W. Timothy Coombs

The American Peanut Council is a trade association for the peanut industry, and it was taking steps to protect the entire industry. Exhibit 6.7 News Release from the American Peanut Council For Immediate Release American Peanut Council ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tariffs and Trade in U.S. History: The encyclopedia (2003)

by Cynthia Clark Northrup, Elaine C. Prange Turney

National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and it had the support of House Speaker Joseph C. Cannon and President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt even endorsed a tariff revision speech given by Secretary Root and created speculation that ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Ottoman Empire (2003)

by Selcuk Aksin Somel

IMPERIAL COUNCIL. In Ottoman Turkish Divan-l Hiimayiin. Central organ of the Ottoman government and supreme court of justice. The formal president of the Imperial Council was the sultan. From 1475 onward, sultans did not preside in ...

Google previewA Popular Dictionary of Buddhism (2005)

by Christmas Humphreys

The First Great Council was held at Rajagriha immediately after the passing of the Buddha, the Ven. Kasyapapresiding.The Scriptures, as then agreed, were recited by all, Ananda leading with the doctrine and Upali with the Rules of the Order.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Australian Aborigines (2010)

by Mitchell Rolls, Murray Johnson

Originally the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement, this organization played a major role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs between 1960 and 1972. At the request of Torres Strait Islanders, the name was changed to the ...

Google previewA Religious Encyclopaedia: Or Dictionary of Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology (1889)

Based on the Real-Encyklopädie of Herzog, Plitt, and Hauck by Philip Schaff, Samuel Macauley Jackson

The Fourth Council of Toledo (two local councils having been held in 597 and 610) was called by ...

Google previewTreaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty [3 volumes] (2007)

An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty by Donald L. Fixico

Camp Stevens in the Walla Walla valley became the grounds for the Walla Walla Council, where treaties were made by Isaac Stevens, first territorial governor of Washington State, and signed with the tribes who owned lands east of the ...

Google previewDrugs in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law [3 volumes] (2014)

by Nancy E. Marion, Willard M. Oliver

636 National Advisory Commission on Narcotics and Drug Abuse, lxviii National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, 268 National ...

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United Maryland Muslim Council Annual Dinner

United Maryland Muslim Council Annual Dinner. by Jay Baker at Baltimore, Md.

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Quotes about Council

Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council of heaven before this world was. I suppose I was ordained to this very office in that Grand Council. (Joseph Smith, Jr.)
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Scrabble value of C3O1U1N1C3I1L1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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