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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
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Examples from the web for counselor
  • In my junior year of high school, my guidance counselor did his best to encourage me to pursue a career in art education.
  • Yvonne, a marriage counselor, will contribute her considerable peacekeeping skills.
  • As a camp counselor, he told fireside tales about her experiences.
  • When she realized that more than friendship was needed, she advised a trusted school counselor.
  • Her dad was the high school football and basketball coach and, later, guidance counselor.
  • Didn't even know what a pension was until the employee benefits counselor clued me in, and it nearly blew the top of my skull off.
  • The spelling of a psychological profession is counselor.
  • They also advise talking these things over with a doctor of counselor.
  • The true lawyer is a peacemaker, a counselor rather than an advocate.
  • Other times, he finds himself counselor to heartbroken mothers whose children were struck by bullets meant for someone else.
British Dictionary definitions for counselor


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 counselor

see counsellor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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