coun·​sel·​or | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce counselor (audio) \
variants: or counsellor

Definition of counselor

1 : a person who gives advice or counseling a marriage counselor
2 : lawyer specifically : one that gives advice in law and manages cases for clients in court The defendant conferred with his counselor.
3 : one who has supervisory duties at a summer camp The counselor led the campers on a hike through the woods.

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Other Words from counselor

counselorship \ ˈkau̇n(t)-​s(ə-​)lər-​ˌship How to pronounce counselor (audio) \ noun

Examples of counselor in a Sentence

He works as a camp counselor. a young couple going to a marriage counselor
Recent Examples on the Web Ty David Lerman is a Houston counselor who works extensively with the LGBT community. Washington Post, "‘I don’t know if I can keep doing this’: An oral history of 2020, as told by therapists," 29 Dec. 2020 In the 2014-2015 school year, for example, there was only one school counselor per 760 students in California, according to the American School Counselor Association. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How one school counselor is trying to tackle a pandemic mental health crisis," 27 Dec. 2020 This scene is the most succinct argument that being a camp counselor is actually really chic. Sarah Adams, Town & Country, "Why We're Still Obsessing Over Love Story's Unforgettable Fashion 50 Years Later," 23 Dec. 2020 Jeff Zients will be counselor to the president and COVID-19 response coordinator, and Natalie Quillian was selected as deputy coordinator of the COVID-19 response. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Biden vows to distribute 100 million vaccine doses in first 100 days," 8 Dec. 2020 The third panelist, Abigail Waller, LMSW, is a counselor at Michigan State's Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State addresses seasonal grief in COVID-19 mental health panel discussion," 3 Dec. 2020 Cooper, 41, is a counselor at Southampton Middle School in Bel Air. David Anderson,, "Bone marrow drive to help Southampton counselor diagnosed with leukemia set for Saturday at Kiddie Academy in Abingdon," 27 Nov. 2020 David was a military and family life counselor, and worked with disabled veterans. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: Giving thanks for the memories shared around the Thanksgiving table this year, turkey mishaps and all," 26 Nov. 2020 In this sequel, which kicked off Wednesday, Gosselaar is California governor who has a son at Bayside High, Berkeley is a guidance counselor and Lopez is once again A.C. Slater, now a gym teacher. Wire Services, cleveland, "‘Saved by the Bell,’ ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ ‘The Flight Attendant’ & more: Best movies and TV shows streaming this week," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of counselor

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for counselor

see counsel entry 1

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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Counselor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce counselor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of counselor

: a person who provides advice as a job : a person who counsels people
US : a person who is in charge of young people at a summer camp


variants: or counsellor \ ˈkau̇n-​sə-​lər \

Kids Definition of counselor

1 : a person who gives advice
2 : a supervisor of campers or activities at a summer camp
3 : lawyer


variants: or counsellor \ ˈkau̇n(t)-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce counselor (audio) \

Medical Definition of counselor

: a person engaged in counseling

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coun·​se·​lor | \ ˈkau̇n-sə-lər \

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