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.

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 According to mental health counselor Alexandra Mejia, LMHC, C-PD, who's the owner of Mindfulness with Sasha, there are a few different forms of metta meditation. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 Religious freedom is a common theme for addresses by top church leaders — from Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the governing First Presidency, to a recent speech by general Primary President Camille Johnson. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Francis has set aside several hours this week to meet privately with the delegations from the Metis and Inuit on Monday, and First Nations on Thursday, with a mental health counselor in the room for each session. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 28 Mar. 2022 Francis set aside several hours this week to meet privately with the delegations from the Metis and Inuit on Monday, and First Nations on Thursday, with a mental health counselor in the room for each session. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2022 At one point, he was admitted to St. Catherine Hospital behavioral psychiatric unit and was required to see a counselor. Meredith Colias-pete, chicagotribune.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Suffice it to say the new Florida law suggests a minor child should not have the ability to speak in confidence to a counselor at school. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 Anyone can go to a counselor rather than contact their lender. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 For example, if a child casually reaches out to a counselor to discuss stress about grades, and in conversation also brings up another mental health concern, would parents be contacted? New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Counselor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counselor. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for counselor

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 counselor (audio) \

Medical Definition of counselor

: a person engaged in counseling

counselor

noun
coun·​se·​lor | \ ˈkau̇n-sə-lər \

Legal Definition of counselor

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