counselor

noun
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

Synonyms for counselor

Synonyms

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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Experience working with young people as a teacher, camp counselor, trip leader for another organization, mentor, tutor, or other related experience. National Geographic, "Trip Leader Opportunities," 12 June 2019 The Stanford sailing coach who pleaded guilty and was fired for his role in the massive nationwide college admissions cheating scandal will on Wednesday become the first of the 50 counselors, coaches and parents charged in the case to be sentenced. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "College scandal: Stanford coach up first for sentencing; will he go to prison?," 11 June 2019 This would increase profits but, according to gambling addiction counselors, exacerbate problem gambling. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry," 10 June 2019 Sarah finds a job, Bethie does light housework for her aunt for $10 a week and Jo gets a job as a camp counselor, spending any spare moments secretly making love with her best friend Lynnette. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Weiner's 'Mrs. Everything' explores broken dreams in the era of women's lib," 10 June 2019 Along with coaches, admissions counselors and fellow parents, they were accused of alleged crimes such as falsifying SAT scores and lying about the athletic skills of their children. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "College Admissions Scandal: Lori Loughlin Is 'Exasperated' Her Case Is Taking So Long, Says Source," 4 June 2019 Many schools have also designed emergency response directives to help guide faculty, staff, RAs, peer counselors, and fellow students assist students in crisis. Rose Minutaglio, Marie Claire, "When You Can’t Rely on Your College for the Mental Health Help You Need," 10 Oct. 2018 The guide recommended that a school team for assessing threats include teachers, coaches, principals, guidance counselors, school resource officers and mental health professionals. NBC News, "It's not 'snitching': Secret Service says students can help prevent gun violence," 11 July 2018 Trump administration officials said the insurance counselors, known as navigators, did not enroll enough people to justify more spending. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump Officials Slash Grants That Help Consumers Get Obamacare," 10 July 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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counselor

noun

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

counselor

noun
coun·​sel·​or
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

counselor

noun
coun·​sel·​or
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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counselor

noun
coun·​se·​lor | \ ˈkau̇n-sə-lər\

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