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councillor

[koun-suh-ler, -sler] /ˈkaʊn sə lər, -slər/
noun
1.
Related forms
councillorship, noun
Can be confused
councillor, counselor.

councilor

or councillor

[koun-suh-ler, -sler] /ˈkaʊn sə lər, -slər/
noun
1.
a member of a council.
2.
Origin of councilor
1300-1350
1300-50; council + -or2; replacing Middle English conseiler < Anglo-French: adviser; see counselor
Related forms
councilorship, noun
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Examples from the Web for councillor
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  • He was a councillor much in the sense of the modern German "Geheimrath."

  • He was also mayor, judge, councillor, and lieutenant-general.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Sten was beside himself with alarm, but the councillor quieted him, asked him to relate his story, and promised to be his friend.

  • He himself was a councillor at the prefecture; then he added a few apologies.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • His brother the councillor made one of the party, and took La Chausse with him as his only attendant.

    Princes and Poisoners Frantz Funck-Brentano
  • But at this moment the voice of the councillor rose to an extraordinary pitch.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • councillor Mikulin was resourceful, and the task not very difficult.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • "And this is what you have understood," said the councillor.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • After the rebellion, the governor was empowered to suspend a councillor from his place.

British Dictionary definitions for councillor

councillor

/ˈkaʊnsələ/
noun
1.
a member of a council
Derived Forms
councillorship, (US) councilorship, noun

councilor

/ˈkaʊnsələ/
noun
1.
a variant US spelling of councillor
2.
an archaic spelling of counsellor
Derived Forms
councilorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for councillor
n.

late 14c., alteration of counsellor by assimilation to council.

councilor

n.

see councillor.

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