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 counselorship (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for counselor


adviser (also advisor), consigliere, consultant, counsel

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Examples of counselor in a Sentence

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

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On one hand, Rosen is the guy who those at the Manning Passing Academy last summer said was separated from the rest of the quarterbacks—a loner, who could galvanize neither the young campers, not the older counselors around him. Albert Breer,, "Josh Rosen: Where Most NFL Teams See an Enigma, the Arizona Cardinals See Their Future," 3 May 2018 The genetics counselor explained that Cal had won the worst sort of lottery: MLD affects 1 in 100,000 children. Maria Kefalas, STAT, "How much would you pay for the miracle of gene therapy?," 3 May 2018 White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Monday. Bob Davis, WSJ, "China, U.S. Seek Broad Outline of a Trade Pact This Week," 12 Feb. 2019 The money would also go toward hiring more social workers, counselors and nurses at schools and help pay for alternative education and in-school suspension programs. Martin E. Comas,, "Lake voters to decide tax increase for school safety as sheriff seeks increase for more deputies, raises," 19 June 2018 In turn, removing stigma could help to reduce violence against trans people, says Vanessa Victoria Crespo, counselor and advocate at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP)., "The World Health Organization Just Made A Huge Change For Transgender People," 19 June 2018 Eva Dwight is a parent and family coach with three decades of experience as a junior high counselor and educator. USA TODAY, "Believe it or not, parents can win the power struggle by giving kids control," 11 June 2018 But if that's not possible, try another relative, friend's parent, or counselor. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "How to Deal with a Pregnancy Scare," 28 Nov. 2018 Instead of turning to a therapist or counselor, many black folks suffer in silence. Vanessa Willhoughby, Allure, "The Reality of Navigating the Mental Health System as a Black Woman," 13 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of counselor

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for counselor

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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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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