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 for Privy council
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Privy \Priv"y\, a. [F. priv['e], fr. L. privatus. See
     Private.]
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     1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to
        private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. "
        Privee knights and squires." --Chaucer.
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     2. Secret; clandestine. " A privee thief." --Chaucer.
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     3. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the
        public. " Privy chambers." --Ezek. xxi. 14.
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     4. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly
        cognizant; privately knowing.
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              His wife also being privy to it.      --Acts v. 2.
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              Myself am one made privy to the plot. --Shak.
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     Privy chamber, a private apartment in a royal residence.
        [Eng.]
  
     Privy council (Eng. Law), the principal council of the
        sovereign, composed of the cabinet ministers and other
        persons chosen by the king or queen. --Burrill.
  
     Privy councilor, a member of the privy council.
  
     Privy purse, moneys set apart for the personal use of the
        monarch; also, the title of the person having charge of
        these moneys. [Eng.] --Macaulay.
  
     Privy seal 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.]
  
     Privy verdict, a verdict given privily to the judge out of
        court; -- now disused. --Burrill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Council \Coun"cil\ (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.]
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     1. An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation,
        deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for
        consultation in a critical case.
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     2. A body of man elected or appointed to constitute an
        advisory or a legislative assembly; as, a governor's
        council; a city council.
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              An old lord of the council rated me the other day.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. Act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation.
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              Satan . . . void of rest,
              His potentates to council called by night. --Milton.
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              O great in action and in council wise. --Pope.
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     Aulic council. See under Aulic.
  
     Cabinet council. See under Cabinet.
  
     City council, the legislative branch of a city government,
        usually consisting of a board of aldermen and common
        council, but sometimes otherwise constituted.
  
     Common council. See under Common.
  
     Council board, Council table, the table round which a
        council holds consultation; also, the council itself in
        deliberation.
  
     Council chamber, the room or apartment in which a council
        meets.
  
     Council fire, 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.
  
     Ecumenical council (Eccl.), an assembly of prelates or
        divines convened from the whole body of the church to
        regulate matters of doctrine or discipline.
  
     Executive council, a body of men elected as advisers of the
        chief magistrate, whether of a State or the nation. [U.S.]
        
  
     Legislative council, the upper house of a legislature,
        usually called the senate.
  
     Privy council. See under Privy. [Eng.]
  
     Syn: Assembly; meeting; congress; diet; parliament;
          convention; convocation; synod.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  privy council
      n 1: an advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British
           Crown)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  42 Moby Thesaurus words for "privy council":
     British Cabinet, Sanhedrin, US Cabinet, advisory body,
     advisory council, assembly, association, bench, board,
     body of advisers, borough council, brain trust, cabinet, camarilla,
     chamber, city council, common council, conference, congress,
     consultative assembly, council, council fire, council of ministers,
     council of state, council of war, county council, court,
     deliberative assembly, diet, directory, divan, junta,
     kitchen cabinet, legislature, ministry, parish council,
     shadow cabinet, soviet, staff, syndicate, synod, tribunal
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PRIVY COUNCIL, Eng. law. A council of state composed of the king and of such 
  persons as he may select. 
  
  

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