Found 2 items, similar to privy council.
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Definition: privy council
n : an advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British
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Definition: Privy council
, a. [F. priv['e], fr. L. privatus. See
1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to
private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. “
Privee knights and squires.”
2. Secret; clandestine. “ A privee thief.”
3. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the
public. “ Privy chambers.”
--Ezek. xxi. 14.
4. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly
cognizant; privately knowing.
His wife also being privy to it. --Acts v. 2.
Myself am one made privy to the plot. --Shak.
, a private apartment in a royal residence.
(Eng. Law), the principal council of the
sovereign, composed of the cabinet ministers and other
persons chosen by the king or queen. --Burrill.
, a member of the privy council.
, moneys set apart for the personal use of the
monarch; also, the title of the person having charge of
these moneys. [Eng.] --Macaulay.
or Privy signet
, the seal which the king uses
in grants, etc., which are to pass the great seal, or
which he uses in matters of subordinate consequence which
do not require the great seal; also, elliptically, the
principal secretary of state, or person intrusted with the
privy seal. [Eng.]
, a verdict given privily to the judge out of
court; -- now disused. --Burrill.
(koun"s[i^]l), n. [F. concile, fr. L.
concilium; con- + calare to call, akin to Gr. ??? to call,
and E. hale, v., haul. Cf. Conciliate
. This word is often
confounded with counsel, with which it has no connection.]
1. An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation,
deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for
consultation in a critical case.
2. A body of man elected or appointed to constitute an
advisory or a legislative assembly; as, a governor's
council; a city council.
An old lord of the council rated me the other day.
3. Act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation.
Satan . . . void of rest,
His potentates to council called by night. --Milton.
O great in action and in council wise. --Pope.
. See under Aulic
. See under Cabinet
, the legislative branch of a city government,
usually consisting of a board of aldermen and common
council, but sometimes otherwise constituted.
. See under Common
, Council table
, the table round which a
council holds consultation; also, the council itself in
, the room or apartment in which a council
, the ceremonial fire kept burning while the
Indians hold their councils. [U.S.] --Bartlett.
Council of war
, an assembly of officers of high rank,
called to consult with the commander in chief in regard to
measures or importance or nesessity.
(Eccl.), an assembly of prelates or
divines convened from the whole body of the church to
regulate matters of doctrine or discipline.
, a body of men elected as advisers of the
chief magistrate, whether of a State or the nation. [U.S.]
, the upper house of a legislature,
usually called the senate.
. See under Privy
Syn: Assembly; meeting; congress; diet; parliament;
convention; convocation; synod.