con·​sul·​tant | \kən-ˈsəl-tᵊnt \

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 \ 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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The security camera was designed by Hive’s brand consultant and prolific gadget designer, Yves Béhar. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Hive’s new Home View Outdoor security camera was designed by Yves Béhar," 29 Oct. 2018 Here’s one contender: Ian Osborne, a British consultant and investor who is working with a group of investors that wants to buy the business magazine. Peter Kafka, Recode, "A group led by U.K. investor/consultant Ian Osborne is trying to buy Fortune magazine," 19 Sep. 2018 The Truth About Christmas, which stars Kali Hawk and Damon Dayoub, follows Jillian, a political consultant and PR guru who can't stop telling the truth after a run-in with a mall Santa. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Freeform Just Expanded Their 2018 '25 Days of Christmas' Lineup With 3 New Movies," 23 July 2018 Vernon Unsworth, a British insurance consultant and hobbyist spelunker, has made a obsession of the Tham Luang cave system. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Whipster, which was started by a Florida IT consultant and aggregates bikeshares and public transportation options as well as ride shares, launched officially last February. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Uber and Lyft's Never-Ending Quest to Crush Price Comparison Apps," 11 July 2018 The Chicago native started to assemble his dream team of about 30 designers, consultants and collaborators, featuring a range of expertise, to assist in perfecting Pastelle. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Kanye West's Scrapped Pastelle Line Was 'His University for Fashion'," 10 July 2018 Patterson, a former athletic director at Arizona State, will continue to work with the organization as a consultant and adviser. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Ahron Cohen to replace Steve Patterson as Coyotes President and CEO," 3 July 2018 At the June 26 class, 42 students ranged from Silicon Valley engineers and private-client lawyers to travel consultants and hotel industry execs. Carolyne Zinko,, "Techies change the world, but can they choose the right knife and fork?," 3 July 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

: a hospital doctor of the highest rank who is an expert in a particular area of medicine


con·​sul·​tant | \kən-ˈsəl-tᵊnt \

Kids Definition of consultant

: a person who gives professional advice or services


con·​sul·​tant | \kən-ˈsəlt-ᵊnt \

Medical Definition of consultant 

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

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