council vs counsel vs consul : Common Errors in English

About council vs counsel vs consul

The first two words are pronounced the same but have distinct meanings. An official group that deliberates, like the Council on Foreign Relations, is a “council”; all the rest are “counsels”: your lawyer, advice, etc. A consul is a local representative of a foreign government.

council Meaning(s)

  • (n) a body serving in an administrative capacity
  • (n) (Christianity) an assembly of theologians and bishops and other representatives of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine
  • (n) a meeting of people for consultation

counsel Meaning(s)

  • (n) a lawyer who pleads cases in court
  • (n) something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  • (v) give advice to

consul Meaning(s)

  • (n) a diplomat appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country

council in News

  1. Council deadlocks on ECDI upgrades

    The Elizabeth City City Council deadlocked Monday night on whether to award an over-budget contract for renovating the Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., building, formerly called the Mack Sawyer building.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Daily Advance

  2. Council members seek to shed secretary duties

    La Crosse council members soon might be rid of having to play secretary at committee meetings, but the change would come at a cost.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: La Crosse Tribune

  3. Council members: Driveway deal wasn't clear

    Bridgeport City Council member Rev. John W. Olson. Photo: Autumn Driscoll, File Photo | Buy This Photo A pair of Bridgeport residents checks out the new City of Bridgeport-owned driveway recently completed to access the waterfront home of Mark IV Construction owner Manuel Moutinho, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Connecticut Post

counsel in News

  1. Leonor Tomero, Counsel

    Leonor Tomero, counsel for the panel, has a portfolio that includes strategic forces, missile defense, military space, nuclear weapons, and nuclear cleanup.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News

  2. Counsel RB Capital Announces Management Changes

    Counsel RB Capital Inc. , a leader in distressed and surplus capital asset transactions, announced today that it has reached a mutually amicable agreement with Adam Reich and Jonathan Reich, Co-Chief Executive Officers, whereby they will, subject to the completion of definitive documentation later this month, leave the Company with the personnel in the New York and Los Angeles offices.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Counsel Corporation announces election of directors

    Counsel Corporation announces election of directors
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance

consul in News

  1. New Mexican Consul Looking Forward To U.s. Immigration Decision

    The new Mexican consul for Las Vegas said Tuesday that his office - and the Mexican government as a whole - will respect any decision that Congress makes as it pertains to immigration reform. And regardless of the outcome, he said, he is looking forward
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

  2. Canadian leader in Albany over PBA

    Canada’s Consul General John Prato is in Albany working toward a solution to the Peace Bridge standoff, between the United States and Canada, according to News 4 sources.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WIVB Buffalo

  3. British Consul General visits the Grand Valley

    The British Consul General for Colorado has spent this last week here on the Western Slope.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: KKCO Grand Junction

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