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 In February, months after another son started at a public middle school, Shorty received a call from a school counselor seeking a meeting to discuss his academic performance. Alden Woods, ProPublica, "The Federal Government Gives Native Students an Inadequate Education, and Gets Away With It," 6 Aug. 2020 Also, parents and students will be able to access a new link on schools’ websites to request a call from a counselor. Carissa D. Lamkahouan Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, "School nurses, counselors gird for unique challenges," 6 Aug. 2020 In February, months after another son started at a public middle school, Shorty received a call from a school counselor seeking a meeting to discuss his academic performance., "The federal government gives Native students an inadequate education and gets away with it," 6 Aug. 2020 Some episodes highlight families or clients with unconventional pasts—such as the fan-favorite high-school counselor Vyasar. Yashica Dutt, The Atlantic, "Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking and the Shadow of Caste," 1 Aug. 2020 Day quickly turned from Riggins’ counselor to an adviser. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, "After 2018 suicide attempt, A’Shon Riggins fights to defeat mental health stigma for others," 2 July 2020 Additionally, the district didn’t have an electronic referral system in place, so when a school counselor reached out for additional care for a student, there was no formal process on which department would be in a better position to help. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Trying to cut months-long wait times, Dallas schools put millions for staffing to address student mental health," 2 July 2020 Fred Douglas, a New Jersey high school counselor for 31 years, has noticed a similar pattern. Suzanne Hirt (, USA TODAY, "'A scary reality': Students react to colleges' reopening plans with mix of optimism, fear," 30 June 2020 Under the program, launched last December, school counselor RoseAnna Cyr ensured that children from families having difficulty feeding themselves took home non-perishable food items before long weekends or school breaks. Gareth Henderson, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Vermont farm turned being a good neighbor into good business," 25 June 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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13 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Counselor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce counselor (audio)

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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