Council Definition

Define what is Council?

1. council (noun)

a body serving in an administrative capacity.

  • student council.
Hypernyms

administrative body, administrative unit noun
a unit with administrative responsibilities.

Hyponyms

Sanhedrin noun
the supreme judicial and ecclesiastical council of ancient Jerusalem.

Security Council, SC noun
a permanent council of the United Nations; responsible for preserving world peace.

Trusteeship Council, TC noun
a permanent council of the United Nations that commissions a country (or countries) to undertake the administration of a territory.

Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC noun
a permanent council of the United Nations; responsible for economic and social conditions.

NAC, North Atlantic Council noun
a council consisting of permanent representatives of all the member countries of NATO; has political authority and powers of decision.

city council noun
a municipal body that can pass ordinances and appropriate funds etc..

executive council noun
a council that shares the supreme executive power.

panchayat, panchayet, punchayet noun
a village council in India or southern Pakistan.

privy council noun
an advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British Crown).

works council noun
(chiefly Brit) a council representing employer and employees of a plant or business to discuss working conditions etc; also: a committee representing the workers elected to negotiate with management about grievances and wages etc.

Soviet noun
an elected governmental council in a communist country (especially one that is a member of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics).

world council noun
a council with representatives from different nations.

2. council (noun)

(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.

    Hypernyms

    assembly noun
    a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose.

    Hyponyms

    ecumenical council noun
    (early Christian church) 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 noun
    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 noun
    any of five general councils of the Western Catholic Church that were held in the Lateran Palace.

    First Council of Lyons, Lyons noun
    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 noun
    the council in 1274 that effected a temporary reunion of the Greek Orthodox with the Roman Catholic Church.

    Council of Vienne, Vienne noun
    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 noun
    the council in 1414-1418 that succeeded in ending the Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church.

    Council of Basel-Ferrara-Florence noun
    the council in 1431-1439 that concentrated on the elimination of heresies and on reforms within the Roman Catholic Church.

    Council of Trent noun
    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; redefined the Roman Catholic doctrine and abolished various ecclesiastical abuses and strengthened the papacy.

    Vatican Council noun
    each of two councils of the Roman Catholic Church.

    3. council (noun)

    a meeting of people for consultation.

    • emergency council.
    Hypernyms

    group meeting, meeting noun
    a formally arranged gathering.

    Hyponyms

    indaba noun
    a council at which indigenous peoples of southern Africa meet to discuss some important question.

    Jirga noun
    a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders.

    powwow noun
    a council of or with Native Americans.

    synod noun
    a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical business.

    Nearby Terms

    Council Bluffs (noun)
    a town in southwest Iowa on the Missouri River across from Omaha

    council board (noun)
    the table that conferees sit around as they hold a meeting

    council chamber (noun)
    a room where a committee meets (such as the board of directors of a company)

    council member (noun)
    a member of a council

    Council of Basel-Ferrara-Florence (noun)
    the council in 1431-1439 that concentrated on the elimination of heresies and on reforms within the Roman Catholic Church

    Council of Chalcedon (noun)
    the fourth ecumenical council in 451 which defined the two natures (human and divine) of Christ

    Council of Constance (noun)
    the council in 1414-1418 that succeeded in ending the Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church

    Council of Economic Advisors (noun)
    an executive agency responsible for providing economic advice to the President

    Council of Ephesus (noun)
    the third ecumenical council in 431 which declared Mary as mother of God and condemned Pelagius

    Council of Trent (noun)
    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; redefined the Roman Catholic doctrine and abolished various ecclesiastical abuses and strengthened the papacy

    Council of Vienne (noun)
    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 on Environmental Policy (noun)
    the executive agency that advises the President on protecting the environment

    council table (noun)
    the table that conferees sit around as they hold a meeting

    council tax (noun)
    a tax levied on households by local authorities; based on the estimated value of the property and the number of people living in it

    councillor (noun)
    a member of a council