Definition of common council in English:

common council


  • A town or city council in some parts of the US and Canada, and in London.

    ‘The 1822 charter eliminated the legislative power of the people in town meetings, replacing them with a large common council of 48 members and a smaller board of aldermen with 12 members.’
    • ‘He also served on the common council of Philadelphia for many years, and was particularly active on the watering committee, which was responsible for overseeing the city's waterworks.’
    • ‘Over the fourteen years since his first election to the old common council, Curley had accomplished a great deal.’
    • ‘A common council was given the power to make laws not contrary to those of England or the province.’
    • ‘The new charter eliminated the old city council with its 72 member common council and the twelve member ward elected board of alderman.’
    • ‘They would most certainly have known the equally civic-minded Stretch, who served on Philadelphia's common council from 1708 until his death in 1746.’


common council

/ˈkämən ˈkounsəl/ /ˈkɑmən ˈkaʊnsəl/