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  1. coun·cil
  2. noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: council, plural noun: councils

    • noun

      an advisory, deliberative, or administrative body of people formally constituted and meeting regularly:

      a body of people elected to manage the affairs of a city, county, or other municipal district:

    • any of five general councils of the Western Church held in the Lateran Palace in 1123, 1139, 1179, 1215, and 1512–17. The council of 1215 condemned the Albigenses as heretical and clarified the Church doctrine on transubstantiation, the Trinity, and the Incarnation.
    • noun

      an elected governing body in a town.
    • noun

      a group of students elected by their peers to address issues of concern and organize student events and activities:
    • noun

      a group of employees representing a workforce in discussions with their employers.
    • a grouping of the heads of government of the European Union countries, inaugurated in 1975, which meets two or three times a year.
    • noun

      (in the UK) the elected governing body of an administrative county.
    • noun

      a town or city council in some parts of the US and Canada, and in London.
    • noun

      each of two general councils of the Roman Catholic Church, held in 1869–70 and 1962–65. The first (Vatican I) proclaimed the infallibility of the Pope when speaking ex cathedra; the second (Vatican II) made numerous reforms, abandoning the universal Latin liturgy and acknowledging ecumenism.
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