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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 for counselor

advocate, instructor, teacher, mentor, counsel, mouthpiece, attorney, solicitor, lip, front, guide, squeal, pleader

Examples from the Web for counselor

Contemporary Examples of counselor

Historical Examples of counselor

  • Let them run about, then,” said the counselor, “and keep warm.

  • This counselor was one of my intimate friends, and a pattern of piety.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon

    Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

  • In 1827 he was admitted as counselor of the Supreme Court of the State.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis

  • "You don't have to instruct me in my judicial duties, Counselor," he said.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • Then he instructed his counselor, Gianluca Pozzi, to answer the Emperor's letter.

    Lucretia Borgia

    Ferdinand Gregorovius

Word Origin and History for counselor


see counsellor.

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