[ ad-vahy-zuh-ree ]
/ ædˈvaɪ zə ri /


of, giving, or containing advice: an advisory letter from a stockbroker.
having the power or duty to advise: an advisory council.

noun, plural ad·vi·so·ries.

a report on existing or predicted conditions, often with advice for dealing with them: an investment advisory.
an announcement or bulletin that serves to advise and usually warn the public, as of some potential hazard: a health advisory; a travelers' advisory.
an announcement from the U.S. National Weather Service to keep the public informed about the progress of a potentially dangerous weather condition: hurricane advisory; tornado advisory.Compare warning(def 3), watch(def 20).

Nearby words

  1. advised,
  2. advisedly,
  3. advisee,
  4. advisement,
  5. adviser,
  6. advisory opinion,
  7. advisory teacher,
  8. advocaat,
  9. advocacy,
  10. advocacy journalism

Origin of advisory

First recorded in 1770–80; advise + -ory1

Related formsad·vi·so·ri·ly, adverbpre·ad·vi·so·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for advisory


/ (ədˈvaɪzərɪ) /


giving advice; empowered to make recommendationsan advisory body

noun plural -ries

a statement issued to give advice, recommendations, or a warninga travel advisory
a person or organization with an advisory functionthe Prime Minister's media advisory
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Word Origin and History for advisory



1778; see advise + -ory. The noun meaning "weather warning" is from 1931.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper