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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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  • Or when grief counselors or trauma counselors rush in to somehow get the children through.
  • Children are put on the bus and brought home by their counselors around about the middle of the afternoon.
  • Registry counselors then do phone interviews to eliminate cranks and those seeking illegal payments.
  • So governors appoint pardons boards and meet with legal counselors, who take the political heat for controversial cases.
  • They also employ career counselors who cater specifically to graduate students.
  • What's more, colleges' organizational structures can mean that interaction between study-abroad and career counselors is rare.
  • Admissions counselors and on up are hired to sell the school, not guide the potential student.
  • They will provide you with the strong letters that will sway admissions counselors.
  • Talk to family, friends or counselors, especially if you suspect you are depressed.
  • In the scene, her counselors inform her of another plot on her life.
Word Origin and History for counselors



see counsellor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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