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

Essential Meaning of counselor

1 : a person who provides advice as a job : a person who counsels people a marriage counselor a school guidance counselor [=a person who gives students advice about school, college, etc.]
2 US : a person who is in charge of young people at a summer camp He works as a camp counselor.
3 US : lawyer a counselor at law

Full 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.

Other Words from counselor

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 Marianne said sharing her love story is part of her mission in the world as a counselor for trans people. NBC News, 25 Nov. 2021 And Conway criticized then-candidate Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate during a Fox News interview in August, while serving in her official capacity as Trump's counselor. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2021 Kupp spent five summers as a counselor at that camp in Thibodeaux, La., a rare receiver in a sea of college quarterbacks. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Myles Truitt, as a basketball star; Grace Van Dien, as a cheerleader; Regina Ting Chen, as a guidance counselor; and Amybeth McNulty, as a band nerd who catches the eye of one of our heroes. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2021 Police began investigating allegations in May when they were contacted by public school officials who learned of the relationship that allegedly happened while Barrett served as a Freedom High School counselor. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 Finlay said Mouser discovered the power of music while working as a counselor at a Portland-area residential treatment center with young people experiencing mental health issues. oregonlive, 22 Oct. 2021 Twenty-three years ago, Dana, a hospice chaplain, was working as a spiritual counselor in a Florida psychiatric ward. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 17 Oct. 2021 In 2018 though, Rudy received devastating news: because of a criminal conviction from his old life, Virginia law banned him from working as a substance abuse counselor. Andrew Wimer, Forbes, 13 Oct. 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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30 Nov 2021

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“Counselor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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


coun·​se·​lor | \ ˈkau̇n-sə-lər \

Legal Definition of counselor

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