Definition of Privy council

1. Noun. An advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British Crown).

Generic synonyms: Council
Specialized synonyms: Divan, Diwan
Geographical relationships: Britain, Great Britain, U.k., Uk, United Kingdom, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland

Definition of Privy council

1. Noun. A body of advisers to a sovereign functioning much as a cabinet. ¹

2. Noun. The British Privy Council. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Privy Council

privilege against self incrimination
privilege of the floor
privy council (current term)
privy councils
privy purse
privy seal
prix fixe
prize money
prize ring
prize winner

Literary usage of Privy council

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"So, too, the privy council performs certain ceremonial functions. For instance, in council a bishop does homage for the temporalities of his see, ..."

2. English Constitutional History from the Teutonic Conquest to the Present Time by Thomas Pitt Taswell-Langmead, Philip Arthur Ashworth (1905)
"Temple's scheme for reorganisation of the privy council, 1679. The privy council continued to be the Constitutional body of advisers of the king, ..."

3. The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg (1913)
"The privy council.—One who would understand the modes by which the powers of ... As has appeared, the privy council through a long period of English history ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"4 Jurisdiction of the privy council.—The jurisdiction of the privy council is, for the most part, appellate; an appeal lying to it in the last resort from ..."

5. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1908)
"Without waiting for the meeting of Parliament Charles II appointed his own Privy Council, and, following further the precedent of James VI, he arranged that ..."

6. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"Without waiting for the meeting of Parliament Charles II appointed his own Privy Council, and, following further the precedent of James VI, he arranged that ..."

7. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"privy council. In England the king almost of necessity has been at all times guided by a council. The council, as it existed in the Norman period under the ..."

8. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"In ibe Middle Age« the chief advisers of the King who were permanently about him formed the privy council- Having become unwieldy, it was reconstituted in ..."

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