coun·​sel·​or | \ˈkau̇n(t)-s(ə-)lər \
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 \ noun

Examples of counselor in a Sentence

He works as a camp counselor. a young couple going to a marriage counselor

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Among those taking part are White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, the official said. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Kavanaugh, in Rare Interview, Denies Sex-Assault Allegations, Says He Won’t Withdraw," 24 Sep. 2018 Bayer is a drug abuse counselor and interventionist who works in the entertainment industry. Rebecca Farley,, "Is Demi Lovato Insulting Her Life Coach With This Brutal Tweet?," 6 July 2018 His mother was a guidance counselor at the Sheridan School, a grammar school in Washington, and his father was an analyst at Fannie Mae, also in Washington. New York Times, "Sarah Schrag, William Adler," 1 July 2018 The state individual tennis tournament runner-up is a counselor at the Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College for the first time after being a camper there herself for a decade., "For top high school athletes, summer’s not just fun and games," 29 June 2018 To those who think the loans sound too good to be true, Marks said the nonprofit has approved some 60,000 mortgages and is a HUD -approved housing counselor. Yvonne Wenger,, "Nonprofit offers low-cost mortgages for modest income Baltimore residents, including those on rent subsidies," 25 Apr. 2018 Though his wife is counselor to the President, George Conway has been subtly critical of Trump on social media. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Kellyanne Conway's husband appears to defend FBI raid of Michael Cohen," 10 Apr. 2018 The extra funding will go toward student services, particularly advisers for students, scholarships, 10 mental health counselors and 10 new police officers, Rosenberg said. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "FIU's new No. 2 ranking means more scholarships, advisers and mental health counselors," 28 June 2018 Siddiqui credits a high level of community collaboration—between school administration, counselors, staff, teachers, county partners and parents — for the low absentee rate. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Howard school absentee rate is lowest in Maryland," 22 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of counselor

: a person who provides advice as a job : a person who counsels people

: 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 \

Medical Definition of counselor 

: a person engaged in counseling

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coun·​se·​lor | \ˈkau̇n-sə-lər\

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