council

Definitions:

An assembly convened for consultation, deliberation, and advice; specially a body of men to advise a sovereign or chief magistrate in the administration of the government; an assembly of prelates and doctors, convened for regulating matters of doctrine and discipline in the Church. Common council of a city, the body of representatives of the citizens. Ecumenical council, an assembly of prelates and doctors, representing the whole Church. Privy council, a select council for advising a king in the administration of the government.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
An assembly of persons met in consultation, or to give advice; a municipal body.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
An assembly met for consultation or convened to give advice; an ecclesiastical meeting; a municipal body.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
An assembly called together for deliberation or advice.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
An assembly for deliberation or advice.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

All night they listened, and all night they talked, and the old men looked at the mother strangely that the son should speak the words of a man in council
- The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
358. Council at Ancyra.
- The Arian Controversy by H. M. Gwatkin
When dinner at last was over, the big living room became the scene of an important family council
- Pearl and Periwinkle by Anna Graetz