con·​sul·​tant | \ kən-ˈsəl-tᵊnt How to pronounce consultant (audio) \

Definition of consultant

1 : one who consults another
2 : one who gives professional advice or services : expert

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consultantship \ kən-​ˈsəl-​tᵊnt-​ˌship How to pronounce consultantship (audio) \ noun

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Examples of consultant in a Sentence

They've hired a computer consultant to assess how the company can upgrade its system. a consultant in public relations to a number of large corporations
Recent Examples on the Web Jon Taffer is a bar owner, consultant, and host of the television program Bar Rescue. Jon Taffer, Fortune, "Bar Rescue: Pandemic Edition," 15 Sep. 2020 The board launched a national search and hired a consultant, Gene Head Jr. of Diversified Search, to identify job candidates. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, "Maricopa Community Colleges schedules meeting to ask board member Kathleen Winn to resign," 11 Sep. 2020 Howie Milstein, of Plymouth, is a leadership consultant, author and career coach. Howie Milstein, Star Tribune, "Getting along in America: Here's what's very human about our divisions," 11 Sep. 2020 Struggling to deal with his overprotectiveness, George must deal with wedding planning with an over-the-top consultant (Martin Short) and meeting the in-laws. Alexia Fernandez,, "Father of the Bride Director Nancy Meyers Teases a Potential Movie Reunion: 'Coming Soon'," 10 Sep. 2020 The plot centers around Jo (Busby) trying to save her late mother's small town general store in Daisy Hills with help from her ex Daisy Hills beau and current NYC business consultant, Blake (Williams). Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Hallmark's Annual "Fall Harvest" Lineup Will Feature Five New Original Movies—and They Sound Amazing," 4 Sep. 2020 Gloria’s campaign consultant, Jen Tierney, said that is not the reason Gloria is getting so much financial support. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gloria outpaces Bry 4 to 1 in contributions from independent committees," 4 Sep. 2020 To prepare for the launch of the new concept, the Henneys hired a consultant, an expert in Mexican fare, to work on a menu with culinary influence from various regions of the country. Leeanne Griffin,, "Tequila Rio, with Mexican food and margaritas by the river, opens in Wethersfield," 31 Aug. 2020 Design plans by the city’s project consultant, HR Green, of Yorkville, were done in 2014. Steve Lord,, "Aurora looks to start on more East New York Street work," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of consultant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of consultant was in 1697

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23 Sep 2020

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“Consultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of consultant

: a person who gives professional advice or services to companies for a fee
British : a hospital doctor of the highest rank who is an expert in a particular area of medicine


con·​sul·​tant | \ kən-ˈsəl-tᵊnt How to pronounce consultant (audio) \

Kids Definition of consultant

: a person who gives professional advice or services


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Medical Definition of consultant

: one (as a physician, surgeon, or psychologist) called in for professional advice or services

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