counselor

[ koun-suh-ler ]
/ ˈkaʊn sə lər /

noun

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, coun·sel·lor.

Origin of counselor

1175–1225; Middle English counseiler < Anglo-French cunseiler, cunseiliour, Old French conseilleor. See counsel, -eur, -er2, -or2

Related forms

coun·se·lor·ship; especially British, coun·sel·lor·ship, nounpre·coun·sel·lor, noun

Can be confused

councillor counselor
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British Dictionary definitions for counsellor

counsellor

US counselor

/ (ˈkaʊnsələ) /

noun

a person who gives counsel; adviser
a person, such as a social worker, who is involved in counselling
Also called: counselor-at-law US 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 or US counselorship, noun

confusable

Avoid confusion with councillor
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