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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The extra funding will go toward student services, particularly advisers for students, scholarships, 10 mental health counselors and 10 new police officers, Rosenberg said. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "FIU's new No. 2 ranking means more scholarships, advisers and mental health counselors," 28 June 2018 Siddiqui credits a high level of community collaboration—between school administration, counselors, staff, teachers, county partners and parents — for the low absentee rate. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Howard school absentee rate is lowest in Maryland," 22 June 2018 In addition, 99 percent of counselors, by Straight’s estimate, have diabetes and were campers here themselves. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "This NC summer camp caters to kids with diabetes," 21 June 2018 His mother works as a clinical counselor for Covenant Integrative Counseling Services, a counseling practice in Columbus. New York Times, "Kate Christobek, Luke Jepsen," 8 July 2018 The web site of the Austrian Foreign Ministry lists Assadi as a counselor at the Iranian Embassy in Vienna. Fox News, "Austria to lift immunity of Iranian diplomat in bomb plot," 4 July 2018 The victim, Sherry Johnson, worked as a guidance counselor in Hattiesburg, where she was beloved by students and staff, according to local reports. Chris Harris,, "Mississippi Man Decapitated His Mom Using a Butter Knife and Teeth," 22 June 2018 Tom was a teacher at Suffield High School and Westfield Junior High School and later served as a guidance counselor., "Thomas F. Kennedy Jr.," 15 June 2018 Robin Bennett, senior genetic counselor at the University of Washington, said little scientific research exists about the risk of developmental difficulties for the offspring of second cousins. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Wait, Rudy Giuliani Was Once Married to His Cousin? That Explains Everything," 14 June 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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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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