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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Other Words from consultant

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

Synonyms for consultant


adviser (also advisor), consigliere, counsel, counselor (or counsellor)

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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

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An aspiring sports agent and a former consultant for Adidas AG were found guilty of bribery charges Wednesday, in a scheme to pay college basketball coaches to steer star players to sign with a fledgling sports-management company. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Mixed Verdict in College Basketball Bribery Scheme," 8 May 2019 Teigen has teamed up with Pampers as the first-ever creative consultant for the new Pampers Pure Collection. Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen on Diapers, Parenthood, and How She Silences Mommy Shamers," 30 Apr. 2019 Teigen, a creative consultant for Pampers Pure, is launching her first two designs for her diaper line: a bulldog, and a pretzel. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "After Having 2 Kids, Chrissy Teigen's Got the Best Parenting Philosophy," 29 Apr. 2019 Erica worked as an elementary school math teacher for over a decade, and now serves as an education consultant, cites the Dallas Morning News. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Julián Castro's Wife Erica Lira Could Be America's Future First Lady," 11 Apr. 2019 Emil Corsillo is the founder of The Hill-Side, the cult men’s accessory brand, and a creative consultant to many insider fashion brands. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Norway, According To Two Design Insiders," 3 Dec. 2018 Radmer, a consultant for We Energies, turned 60 this year and says attending the Harley celebration in Prague was on his bucket list. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Castles and bikes: Harley riders from around the world roll into Prague," 5 July 2018 There were Helen and Alejandro, Big 4 consultants for E&Y; Miguel, a dentist; and, Paola, in sales at TV Azteca – all from Mexico City. Steven Shundich,, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia," 27 June 2018 Before coming to District 308, Miller was a senior human resources specialist and principal consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education, according to District 308. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "New administrator selected in District 308 to fill position of hire disciplined over Facebook post," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of consultant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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

Medical Definition of consultant

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

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something valued as if it were money

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