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consigliere

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noun, con·sig·li·e·re \kōn-(ˌ)sil-ˈye-re, -ˈyer-ē; kän-(ˌ)si-glē-ˈye-rā, -rē, -ˈyer\

Definition of consigliere

plural consiglieriplay \-rē\ also consiglieres

  1. :  counselor, adviser <consigliere of a Mafia family>



Examples of consigliere in a sentence

  1. <the President's trusted consigliere and chief political strategist>



Did You Know?

If you're a fan of The Godfather series of movies, the character Tom Hagen may have already come to mind. Hagen, the Corleones' family lawyer, was famously dismissed by the Don's successor and son Michael Corleone because he was not a "wartime consigliere." The word consigliere comes from Italian and has been a part our language since 1615; it was originally used of someone who served on a council in Italy. Currently, it is most commonly used to designate advisers to the Mafia - a use that first appeared in English in a document from a 1963 session of the U.S. Senate. It is also often used generally of a political or financial adviser, or any other trusted adviser for that matter.

Origin of consigliere

Italian, from consiglio advice, counsel, from Latin consilium — more at counsel


First Known Use: 1615


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