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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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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Recent data reveals that school security officers outnumber counselors in three out of five — and four out of the top 10 — of the biggest school districts in the country, including New York City, Chicago, Miami-Dade County, and Houston. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 2018 The program is enhanced by UCF placing counselors on the Valencia campus to advise students who are part of the program. Lloyd Dunkelberger,, "State looks to boost college-to-university pipeline," 3 July 2018 Washington State did have counselors and doctors Tyler could have seen. Greg Bishop,, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 Consider seeing a counselor who specializes in working with men. Amy Dickinson,, "Jogger wonders how to respond to street harassment," 21 June 2018 Psychology Today has a wonderful tool to find a counselor nearby. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How to help someone who might be at risk of suicide," 8 June 2018 Boys Town also provides counselors for youth-specific online chat at this link. Christopher Dawson, CNN, "How to get help for someone who might be suicidal," 6 June 2018 Dayspring Church, where one of the slain students, Angelique Ramirez, attended services, provided a licensed counselor for members who needed to talk about the deaths. Marie Simoneaux,, "Man shot and killed in Fairgrounds neighborhood Sunday: NOPD," 20 May 2018 Students who don’t have a smile on their face while in hallways between classes are allegedly told to either smile or see a guidance counselor to discuss their problems. Merriell Moyer, USA TODAY, "School requires smiling in between classes, teen says — or students get sent to office," 15 May 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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Phrases Related to counselor

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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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