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counselor

[koun-suh-ler] /ˈkaʊn sə lər/
noun
1.
a person who counsels; adviser.
2.
a faculty member who advises students on personal and academic problems, career choices, and the like.
3.
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.
4.
a lawyer, especially a trial lawyer; counselor-at-law.
5.
an official of an embassy or legation who ranks below an ambassador or minister.
Also, especially British, counsellor.
Origin of counselor
1175-1225
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.
Synonyms
4. counsel, advocate, attorney; solicitor, barrister.
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  • Let them run about, then,” said the counselor, “and keep warm.

  • This counselor was one of my intimate friends, and a pattern of piety.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  • In 1827 he was admitted as counselor of the Supreme Court of the State.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis
  • "You don't have to instruct me in my judicial duties, counselor," he said.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • Then he instructed his counselor, Gianluca Pozzi, to answer the Emperor's letter.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
Word Origin and History for counselor
n.

see counsellor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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