Meaning of great council

great' coun'cil

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  1. (in Norman England) an assembly composed of the king's tenants in chief that served as the principal council of the realm and replaced the witenagemot.
  2. (formerly in Italy) the municipal council in some towns or cities, as in Venice.
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