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[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.
Also, especially British, counsellor.
Origin of counselor
1175-1225; Middle English counseiler < Anglo-French cunseiler, cunseiliour, Old French conseilleor. See counsel, -eur, -er2, -or2
Related forms
counselorship; especially British, counsellorship, noun
precounsellor, noun
Can be confused
attorney, counsel, counselor, lawyer, litigator.
councillor, counselor.
4. counsel, advocate, attorney; solicitor, barrister. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for counsellor
  • The second story is from a summer camp where he worked as a counsellor.
  • There should be something there about counselling, and there should be an e-mail address for the chief counsellor.
  • So in such disputes, he is a non-combatant: a counsellor but not a player.
  • Apparently he turned out alright after that and became a counsellor for kids in his shoes.
  • He serves as an informal counsellor to troubled people in the community, who come to him.
  • The counsellor asked attendees to start the session by writing down what our ideal job the following summer would be.
  • It also provides a generic list of competencies required to perform as an academic counsellor.
British Dictionary definitions for counsellor


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



see counsellor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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counsellor in the Bible

an adviser (Prov. 11:14; 15:22), a king's state counsellor (2 Sam. 15:12). Used once of the Messiah (Isa. 9:6). In Mark 15:43, Luke 23:50, the word probably means a member of the Jewish Sanhedrim.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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