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1 a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"
2 (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
3 a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council"

User Contributed Dictionary




Via and (French: conseil), from concilium



  1. A committee that leads or governs (e.g. city council, student council)


committee that leads or governs

Extensive Definition

Council may refer to:
In politics:
In other fields:
  • Arts council, a government or private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts
  • Bar council, a professional body that regulates the profession of barristers together with the Inns of Court
  • Buddhist councils, important historical events in the history of Buddhism
  • Council (Boy Scouts), a non-profit private corporation within Boy Scouts of America
  • Ecumenical Council, a meeting of the bishops of the whole church convened to discuss and settle matters of Church doctrine and practice
  • Floyd Council, an American blues musician
  • Student Council, a student organization present in many elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities
  • "The Council" (Enterprise episode), a third season episode of Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Youth Council, an example of youth voice engaged in youth-led decision-making
In United States geography:

See also

council in Spanish: Consejo
council in Persian: شورا
council in French: Council
council in Japanese: 理事会
council in Dutch: Raad
council in Korean: 쥐

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