adviser

noun
ad·​vis·​er | \ əd-ˈvī-zər How to pronounce adviser (audio) \
variants: or advisor

Definition of adviser

: someone who gives advice a financial/investment adviser She was not signing on as a domestic or foreign-policy adviser— Peggy Noonan In this meeting, Clifford, who had been a senior Truman aide and an adviser to Kennedy, used George Ball's memorandums in pleading that the war could not be won.— Sidney Blumenthal In December, she and her thesis advisor, Neal Evans, used the camera, attached to a 50-inch telescope, to look for infant stars in a giant molecular cloud in the constellation Orion.— Andrew Chaikin In a real sense, the emperor's astronomical ministers functioned like advisors in a modern president's cabinet, advising him on how best to conduct the affairs of state in a harmonious and effective manner.— Laurence A. Marschall

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What's the difference between adviser and advisor?

Adviser or advisor? It doesn't matter what your computer's spellcheck tells you, adviser and advisor are both correct. Although there is enough overlap between these two words that they are generally considered simply to be different ways to spell the same word, there are some cases in which one tends to be used more often than the other. Some people feel that advisor is more formal, and it tends to be found more often when applied to official positions, such as an advisor to a president. When referring to someone who is serving in a military role, especially when using the term as a euphemism (as when claiming that troops are actually military advisers), then adviser is somewhat more common.

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Friends have joked that Cámara will be López Obrador’s Valerie Jarrett, a close adviser whose role eludes easy definition. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "What’s Next for Gabriela Cámara? A New L.A. Restaurant—And Foray into Politics," 15 May 2019 Corporate-governance advisers say more boards are acquiescing to shareholder demands to improve disclosures on topics ranging from greenhouse-gas emissions to gender pay disparities, the Journal has reported. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Rolls-Royce Looks to CTO to Reduce Carbon Footprint," 6 May 2019 An anonymous source told The New York Times that Stephen Miller — a White House policy adviser whose own uncle called him out for his destructive immigration policies — might have had something to do with Trump ending Vitiello’s nomination. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Kirstjen Nielsen’s Departure From DHS Could Signal “Tougher,” Stephen Miller–Inspired Immigration Policies," 8 Apr. 2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at Novo-Ograyovo outside in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Washington Post, "Iran has no intention to leave Syria, top official says," 13 July 2018 As the paper further explained, Sir David Manning, who is the former British ambassador to the U.S., as well as a special adviser on constitutional and international affairs to both Prince Harry and Prince William, is spearheading the plan. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Might Be Moving to Africa," 21 Apr. 2019 Her circle included power couple Jessica and Ben Mulroney, the former a fashion adviser to Justin Trudeau's wife and the latter the son of a former PM himself. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "20 Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry," 15 Apr. 2019 Merrill Lynch financial advisers are about to get some help wooing younger customers. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Merrill Makes a Play for Younger, Less Affluent Clients," 8 Apr. 2019 Moscow’s foreign policy advisers believe Putin is highly unlikely to score concessions from Trump on any of the major conflicts in which the two countries are involved. Anna Arutunyan, Time, "No Matter What Happens in Helsinki, Putin Has Already Won," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of adviser

circa 1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adviser

advise + -er entry 2, -or entry 1

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