con·​sul·​tant kən-ˈsəl-tᵊnt How to pronounce consultant (audio)
: one who consults another
: one who gives professional advice or services : expert
consultantship noun

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 Costume designer Jacqueline West, a four-time Academy Award nominee, added Osage art consultant Julie O’Keefe of Tulsa to her costume department to help bring the period to life and locate artisans to make elements of the film’s wardrobe. Valli Herman, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Brendan Gahan, a digital marketing consultant, said that data from TikTok shows conversation around #economycollapsing reached a fever pitch this past month and generated tens of millions of views — even as inflation markedly cooled, growth remained robust and unemployment stayed near record lows. Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Ali Wolf, chief economist at builder consultant Zonda, liked that Barkin offered solutions in his speech such zoning for smaller homes, looking at new sites such as church land, and finding new construction partners. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 As mentioned above, one of us (Sean) has a conflict of interest, having briefly served as a science consultant on this movie. Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 After filming wrapped up in Budapest in late 2019, Ms. Rosés hired a behavioral health consultant to try to persuade Mr. Rinsch to enter rehab. John Carreyrou, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Iovine served as a creative consultant for Apple Music until August 2018. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2023 The 23-year-old consultant from Los Angeles will sit down at her computer or device and go deep on the big mainstream news publications. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 Stacy Burdett, an independent consultant in antisemitism prevention and response, was one of four witnesses who testified at a Tuesday hearing of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development about the rise of antisemitism on college campuses. Jeremiah Poff, Washington Examiner, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Consultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a person who consults another
: a person who gives professional advice or services

Medical Definition


con·​sul·​tant kən-ˈsəlt-ᵊnt How to pronounce consultant (audio)
: one (as a physician, surgeon, or psychologist) called in for professional advice or services

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