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[koun-suh-ler] /ˈkaʊn sə lər/
a person who counsels; adviser.
a faculty member who advises students on personal and academic problems, career choices, and the like.
an assistant at a children's camp, often a high-school or college student, who supervises a group of children or directs a particular activity, as nature study or a sport.
a lawyer, especially a trial lawyer; counselor-at-law.
an official of an embassy or legation who ranks below an ambassador or minister.
Also, especially British, counsellor.
Origin of counselor
1175-1225; Middle English counseiler < Anglo-French cunseiler, cunseiliour, Old French conseilleor. See counsel, -eur, -er2, -or2
Related forms
counselorship; especially British, counsellorship, noun
precounsellor, noun
Can be confused
councillor, counselor.
4. counsel, advocate, attorney; solicitor, barrister. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for counsellor
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  • Andrew is the counsellor, comforter, safety, and aid in any trouble.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • Why did you pretend to be my counsellor and friend, when you were my rival?

  • It will plant itself in our minds and become our counsellor.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • counsellor Webb never again addressed him in friendly terms.

  • The consequence was, that the counsellor was a man after Tony's own heart.

  • The wisdom of the counsellor is that small part of the soul which has authority and reason.

    The Republic Plato
  • The counsellor of it and the inspiring soul was the wife herself.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • It is for you to decide whether you will accept of such a counsellor.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • Where was MacNaghten, her one faithful friend and counsellor?

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for counsellor


a person who gives counsel; adviser
a person, such as a social worker, who is involved in counselling
(US) Also called counselor-at-law. a lawyer, esp one who conducts cases in court; attorney
a senior British diplomatic officer
a US diplomatic officer ranking just below an ambassador or minister
a person who advises students or others on personal problems or academic and occupational choice
Derived Forms
counsellorship, (US) counselorship, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for counsellor

early 13c., from Old French conseillier (Modern French conseiller), from Latin consilator, agent noun from consiliare, from consilium (see counsel (v.)). Meaning "one who gives professional legal advice" is from 1530s. Psychological sense (marriage counsellor, etc., is from 1940).



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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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