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 counselorship (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 The testimony from Alec McKinney’s former high school counselor headlined the third day of a hearing to determine whether the teen’s case will be sent back to juvenile court for trial. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting suspect manipulated teachers, mental health providers, counselor says," 21 Nov. 2019 Complete enrollment paperwork and assessments, meet individually with a school counselor to discuss your goals and understand your program and class options that will meet your needs., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 21 Nov. 2019 The parents were advised to set up a meeting with a school counselor. cleveland, "Girl, 16, reports being blackmailed for inappropriate photos: Mayfield Police Blotter," 21 Nov. 2019 The photo accompanied a story about the Carpinteria Unified School District accepting $189,000 from a cannabis growers association to hire a middle school mental health counselor. Joe Mozingo,, "Marijuana growers in Santa Barbara County gain political clout," 17 Nov. 2019 Joshua Lott for The New York Times In a typical week, Adrienne Vaccarezza-Isla, a school counselor in Chicago, might help a dozen eighth graders apply to high schools across the city. New York Times, "It’s More Than Pay: Striking Teachers Demand Counselors and Nurses," 24 Oct. 2019 Mark Riddell, a private high school counselor paid by Singer, helped them answer questions as a group, prosecutors said, to boost their scores. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Parents cry desperate times in college admissions scandal. A judge opts for prison anyway.," 23 Oct. 2019 Reach out to a college or high school counselor for more help, and click this link for more specific scholarships. Lily Jackson |, al, "Here are your college entrance, funding questions answered," 18 Oct. 2019 The video showed the boy wearing only a polo shirt and khakis, while the security guard, a school counselor, and another adult who were there when the boy allegedly was kicked out were wearing sweaters and jackets inside. CBS News, "Chicago school accused of kicking 9-year-old out into the cold and reporting him missing," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of counselor was in the 13th century

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Counselor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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 counsellor (audio) \

Medical Definition of counselor

: a person engaged in counseling

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coun·​se·​lor | \ ˈkau̇n-sə-lər \

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