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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: concile, from Latin concilium, from com- ( COM-) + calare 'to call'


coun‧cil S2 W1 [countable]
1SSO a group of people that are chosen to make rules, laws, or decisions, or to give advice:
the council for civil liberties
the UN Security Council
2PGP the organization that is responsible for local government in a particular area in Britain:
local council elections
He sent a letter to the council to complain about the noise.
County/District/City etc Council
Northampton Borough Council
3PGP a group of people elected to the government of a city in the US:
the Los Angeles city council
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