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  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.
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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 formscoun·se·lor·ship; especially British, coun·sel·lor·ship, nounpre·coun·sel·lor, noun
Can be confusedcouncillor counselor


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Related Words

barrister, counselor, advocate, head, ruler, chief, commander, director, manager, officer, trainer, adviser, coach, guide, tutor, instructor, teacher, attorney, justice, counsel

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US counselor

  1. a person who gives counsel; adviser
  2. a person, such as a social worker, who is involved in counselling
  3. Also called: counselor-at-law US a lawyer, esp one who conducts cases in court; attorney
  4. a senior British diplomatic officer
  5. a US diplomatic officer ranking just below an ambassador or minister
  6. a person who advises students or others on personal problems or academic and occupational choice
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Derived Formscounsellorship or US counselorship, noun


Avoid confusion with councillor
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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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