An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for consultation in a critical case.
- An assembly of persons called together for consultation, deliberation, or discussion.
- A body of people elected or appointed to serve as administrators, legislators, or advisors.
- An assembly of church officials and theologians convened for regulating matters of doctrine and discipline.
- The discussion or deliberation that takes place in such an assembly or body.