from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The governing body of a city.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A governing body of people elected to oversee management of a city and represent the interests of residents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Council.
  • n. the legislative branch of a city government, usually consisting of a board of aldermen and common council, but sometimes otherwise constituted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a municipal body that can pass ordinances and appropriate funds etc.


From city + council. (Wiktionary)


  • It was like old times, he thought — like a coup in real estate where you had the competition by the throat, like a fifty-percent rent boost when you knew damned well there was no place for the tenants to move, like smiling when you read over the breakfast orange juice that the city council had decided to build a school on the ground you had acquired by a deal with the city council.

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  • Around that time a new city council member, Antoine Thompson, was elected to represent the nearby East Ferry area.

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  • It was Amanda Goodwinter, Pickax interior designer, city council member, and former fiancee of Arch Riker.

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  • This man was more imperious than his predecessors had been, and immediately alienated the good will of the city council and the audiencia.

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  • In 1997 Betty Jean Grant ran for a seat on the city council but lost the election.

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  • After all, the city council members and their budget committee could have reprioritized their budget to cut back on street sweeping, park maintenance, library hours, raises and benefits for city employees, or other things less crucial to the public safety and welfare, and gotten by on the existing tax base without leaving the citizens vulnerable to criminals every night.


  • On the morning of April 19, 1810, Holy Thursday, the city council assembled to attend the religious services in the cathedral, and Emparan was invited to be present.

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  • The mayor, city council members, chief of police, and superintendent of schools were there, as well as others who had played a role in Qwilleran's recent life: Larry and Carol Lanspeak, Dr. Halifax Goodwinter, Mildred Hanstable, Eddington Smith, Fran Brodie — a list longer than the guest of honor had imagined.

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  • Three months into working at city hall, Grant was going through a stack of papers to prepare for the next city council meeting when she came across a startling memo from the Buffalo Environmental Management Commission, or BEMC.

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  • Fred Bradley at the city council made a call, and garbage trucks stopped picking up on Freedom and Hancock.

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