UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkaʊnsəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkaʊnsəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kounsəl)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•cil /ˈkaʊnsəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a meeting for consultation, discussion, or advice:a church council.
  2. Governmenta body appointed or elected to give advice, to make rules, or to administer an organization: the governor's council on housing.
    council and counsel are not the same but are pronounced similarly. council is a noun. Its most common sense is "an assembly of persons brought together for discussion or the like.'' counsel is both a noun and a verb. Its most common meaning as a noun is "advice given to another.'' In law, counsel means "legal adviser or advisers.'' As a verb, counsel means "to advise.''

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•cil  (kounsəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an assembly of persons summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice.
  2. Governmenta body of persons specially designated or selected to act in an advisory, administrative, or legislative capacity:the governor's council on housing.
  3. Government(in certain British colonies or dependencies) an executive or legislative body assisting the governor.
  4. Religionan ecclesiastical assembly for deciding matters of doctrine or discipline.
  5. Bible, Religion[New Testament.]the Sanhedrin or other authoritative body.
  • Late Latin concilium synod, church council (Latin: assembly), probably equivalent. to Latin con- con- + -cil(āre), combining form of calāre to summon, convoke + -ium -ium; Middle English -s- by association with Anglo-French cunseil counsel
  • Anglo-French cuncil(e), Old French concile
  • Middle English co(u)nsile 1125–75
    Council, counsel, and consul are not interchangeable. Council is a noun. Its most common sense is "an assembly of persons convened for deliberation or the like.'' It is generally used with a singular verb. A member of such a group is a councilor. Counsel is both noun and verb. Its most common meaning as a noun is "advice given to another'':His counsel on domestic relations is sound.A person giving such advice is a counselor. In law, counsel means "legal adviser or advisers'' and can be either singular or plural. As a verb, counsel means "to advise.'' The noun consul refers to the representative of a government who guards the welfare of its citizens in a foreign country.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
council /ˈkaʊnsəl/ n
  1. an assembly of people meeting for discussion, consultation, etc
  2. a body of people elected or appointed to serve in an administrative, legislative, or advisory capacity: a student council
  3. the council ⇒ (sometimes capital) Brit the local governing authority of a town, county, etc
  4. (modifier) of, relating to, provided for, or used by a local council: a council chamber, council offices
  5. (modifier) Brit provided by a local council, esp (of housing) at a subsidized rent: a council house, a council estate
  6. Austral an administrative or legislative assembly, esp the upper house of a state parliament in Australia
  7. an assembly of bishops, theologians, and other representatives of several churches or dioceses, convened for regulating matters of doctrine or discipline
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old French concile, from Latin concilium assembly, from com- together + calāre to call; influenced also by Latin consilium advice, counsel
See note at counsel

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Collocations: is a council [worker, member], the council [chambers, offices, headquarters], UK: lives in a council [apartment, house, block], more...

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