consigliere

noun con·sig·li·e·re \ kōn-(ˌ)sil-ˈye-re , -ˈyer-ē ; kän-(ˌ)si-glē-ˈye-rā , -rē , -ˈyer \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of consigliere

plural consiglieri play \kōn-(ˌ)sil-ˈyer-ē; kän-(ˌ)si-glē-ˈye-rē\ also consiglieres
: counselor, adviser
  • consigliere of a Mafia family

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Examples of consigliere in a Sentence

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

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consigliere and The Godfather

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, is famously dismissed by the Don's successor and son Michael Corleone because he is not a "wartime consigliere." The word consigliere comes from Italian and has been a part our language since the 17th century; 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 and Etymology of consigliere

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

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