[ koun-suh-ler ]
/ ˈkaʊn sə lər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. counsel,
  2. counselee,
  3. counseling,
  4. counselling,
  5. counsellor,
  6. counselor at law,
  7. counselor-at-law,
  8. count,
  9. count against,
  10. count down

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for counsellor


US counselor

/ (ˈkaʊnsələ) /


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 Formscounsellorship or US counselorship, noun


Avoid confusion with councillor

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Word Origin and History for counsellor
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