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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Other Words from counselor

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

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 Crisis counselors answer calls 24/7 and provide crisis intervention, information, and referrals. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "The pandemic is causing an exponential rise in the online exploitation of children, experts say," 25 May 2020 Asking victims to categorize their abuse, the Danger Assessment enables nurses, counselors, police, prosecutors, judges, and others to identify women most at risk of being killed by their partners. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "When Will We Care About Domestic Violence?," 13 May 2020 Thank you for being our counselor, for leading the way, for always helping and encouraging all of us to make a difference. Ally Mauch,, "Gisele Bündchen Shares a Rare Wedding Photo on Instagram in Birthday Tribute to Her Dad," 1 May 2020 Like many other school districts, Harlandale is using its counselors, social workers and coordinators from the Communities in Schools nonprofit to reach families. Krista Torralva,, "San Antonio schools closed by coronavirus work to keep their students from falling off the map," 30 Apr. 2020 Didi Hirsch crisis counselors answered more than 1,800 calls related to COVID-19 in March. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. suicide hotline sees rise in coronavirus-related calls. Counselors feel the pain," 5 Apr. 2020 When Marlys Taege Moberg spoke to her high school counselor about studying journalism, she was told she wasn't tough enough or aggressive enough. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'An incredibly talented woman': Community remembers an accomplished writer and advocate for women from Delafield," 30 Mar. 2020 Lisa Merrall, the girl’s mother, said the same girls had yanked her daughter’s hair before, and her daughter reported it to her counselor, who did nothing about it. Heather Knight,, "‘Lord of the Flies’: Fights, bullying, chaos upend once-stellar San Francisco middle school," 14 Feb. 2020 The center’s head counselor, Fellipe Santos, was thirty and had deep acne scars. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020

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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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4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Counselor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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 counsellor (audio) \

Medical Definition of counselor

: a person engaged in counseling

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coun·​se·​lor | \ ˈkau̇n-sə-lər \

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