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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
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  • But in the earl's house in Paternoster Row he was merely a counsellor learned in the law, not a judge.

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • "All right, I can give you a lift," said he, and the counsellor clambered into the cart.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • "It shall be so—just so," replied the Prince's counsellor, and reached for the paper.

  • "You do me too much honor, Marquis," murmured the counsellor with a low bow.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • In the remaining part of his life he attached himself to the Count of Hohenloo, who made him his counsellor.

  • And with the gait of a man walking in his sleep, he left the counsellor's office.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • Soltikoff had become the friend, the confidant and the counsellor of M. and Madame Tchoglokoff.

    Memoirs of the Empress Catherine II. Catherine II, Empress of Russia
  • She also was in want of a counsellor to whom she could go in her present misery.

    Linda Tressel Anthony Trollope
  • Where was MacNaghten, her one faithful friend and counsellor?

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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