coun·​sel·​or | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce counselor (audio) \
variants: or counsellor

Definition of counselor

1 : a person who gives advice or counseling a marriage counselor
2 : lawyer specifically : one that gives advice in law and manages cases for clients in court The defendant conferred with his counselor.
3 : one who has supervisory duties at a summer camp The counselor led the campers on a hike through the woods.

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counselorship \ ˈkau̇n(t)-​s(ə-​)lər-​ˌship How to pronounce counselor (audio) \ noun

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Examples of counselor in a Sentence

He works as a camp counselor. a young couple going to a marriage counselor
Recent Examples on the Web After graduating with a master’s in education from SDSU, Chacon spent 15 years at the UCSD as a counselor and administrator for programs such as Upward Bound and OASIS before becoming the assistant dean at Thurgood Marshall College. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Mario Chacon," 6 May 2021 Mother Lori is a counselor and girls’ golf coach at Reseda Cleveland. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Roundup: Andrew Howe hits, pitches Cleveland to 4-2 baseball win over ECR," 27 Apr. 2021 For years, clinical mental health counselor Robert Casares has been assigning his clients, individuals and couples, podcasts instead of reading. Washington Post, "From podcasts to Clubhouse, audio is filling more of our time. For some families, that’s a problem.," 15 Mar. 2021 If problems persist, consult a mental health counselor or pediatrician. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "How to Help Kids Manage Anxiety as Schools Reopen," 9 Mar. 2021 Newland was previously counselor and policy advisor to the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs in the Obama administration. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, Sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute: Takeaways from Biden climate summit," 23 Apr. 2021 Amanda White, a counselor and founder of the Therapy For Women Center, says everyone could benefit from a therapist. Aviva Loeb Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Ready to return to 'normal'? Here's a guide for easing back in," 20 Apr. 2021 Klain will be joined by Steve Ricchetti, counselor to Biden and one of the President's closest advisers, and Louisa Terrell, Biden's legislative affairs chief, the official said. Paul Leblanc, CNN, "Negotiations over Biden's infrastructure package continue in Congress this week. Here's what to watch," 19 Apr. 2021 Kristen Breese, a licensed clinical professional counselor and owner of Counseling Works, a therapy practice with locations in Frankfort and Chicago Heights, said people are experiencing acute levels of stress and depression. Carole Sharwarko,, "As teens return to school, some still navigate mental health issues," 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of counselor

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for counselor

see counsel entry 1

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10 May 2021

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“Counselor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of counselor

: a person who provides advice as a job : a person who counsels people
US : a person who is in charge of young people at a summer camp


variants: or counsellor \ ˈkau̇n-​sə-​lər \

Kids Definition of counselor

1 : a person who gives advice
2 : a supervisor of campers or activities at a summer camp
3 : lawyer


variants: or counsellor \ ˈkau̇n(t)-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce counselor (audio) \

Medical Definition of counselor

: a person engaged in counseling

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coun·​se·​lor | \ ˈkau̇n-sə-lər \

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