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 The Columbus man is on Death Row for kidnapping and murdering his drug-abuse counselor, Richard Myers, in 1992. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio governor again delays murderers’ execution dates because state can’t get death drugs," 31 Jan. 2020 That particular scene between Autumn and her counselor is very quiet and very emotional. Anne Cohen,, "This Sundance Movie About Abortion Is The “Anti-Juno,” According To Its Director," 22 Jan. 2020 Applicants, parents and school counselors are urged to review the guidelines and rules carefully. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Deadline nears for Fort Bend County Fair scholarships," 14 Jan. 2020 Vice President Mike Pence visited the Capitol on Tuesday to have lunch with GOP senators, and Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, is due to attend a similar luncheon Wednesday. Author: Philip Rucker, Elise Viebeck, John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump rips Democrats for ‘attempted coup’ on eve of likely impeachment," 18 Dec. 2019 Officials attribute these higher percentages to a decade-long effort involving a two-fold approach: taking students on tours of colleges and companies to motivate them and increasing communication between teachers, parents and counselors. Anna Bauman,, "San Francisco high school graduation rate increases with help from mentor program," 12 Dec. 2019 The case was still open about six months later, when Autumn confided in her middle school counselor that her sisters’ father had molested her, according to police records. Arizona Republic, "'I’m not going to get adopted': Arizona teen wants to use her experiences in foster care to help others," 13 Nov. 2019 Fleck is presented with a mental health backstory: He's seen meeting with his counselor and taking seven different drugs for his unspecified condition. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "How accurate is 'Joker's portrayal of mental illness? The answer is complicated," 23 Oct. 2019 Looking to improve chances for survival for people addicted to opioids, Bristol Hospital has begun immediately starting them on Suboxone treatment and connecting them with recovery coaches and counselors. Don Stacom,, "Bristol Hospital will now work to make sure addicts get both immediate treatment and support for long-term recovery," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of counselor was in the 13th century

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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Counselor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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