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Origin of adviser

First recorded in 1605–15; advise + -er1
Related formsad·vis·er·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a person who advises
  2. education a person responsible for advising students on academic matters, career guidance, etc
  3. British education a subject specialist who advises heads of schools on current teaching methods and facilities
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Word Origin and History for adviser

1610s, agent noun from advise (v.). Meaning "military person sent to help a government or army in a foreign country" is recorded from 1915. Alternative form, Latinate advisor, is perhaps a back-formation from advisory.

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