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 John George, Dexter McCarty principal, wrote on Facebook that counselors would be available for students and that parents should watch their children for signs of distress, reminding parents that children may not know how to deal with the tragedy. oregonlive, "11-year-old killed in Gresham crosswalk on way to school identified," 7 Jan. 2020 Grief counselors were available Thursday morning at the school to help athletes, coaches and other community members cope with Bryce’s passing, the school tweeted. Washington Post, "‘My baby walked in front of a train.’ Georgia Tech football recruit’s mom details his final days.," 2 Jan. 2020 Grief counselors were at W.F. Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury Thursday for a second day after the shooting deaths of two students, a brother and sister from Watertown who are being remembered as active teens who loved the trades and music. Christine Dempsey,, "Watertown, Waterbury school communities mourn after teen siblings shot to death by their mother’s boyfriend," 5 Dec. 2019 Classes have been delayed two hours today so counselors can be at the school to assist students. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Brothers, 14 and 16, killed in single-car crash in central Ohio," 21 Nov. 2019 Saugus High School will remain closed until Dec. 2, but counselors will be available to help students cope with their grief, said school district officials in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. USA TODAY, "'Please remember the two precious lives that we lost': Thousands at vigil for California school shooting victims," 18 Nov. 2019 All of the schools in Saugus' William S. Hart Union High School District were closed Friday, but counselors would be available for students and staff at a nearby church, according to a statement from deputy superintendent Mike Kuhlman. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Motive behind Saugus High School shooting remains a mystery," 15 Nov. 2019 The statement said counselors will be available on Tuesday and throughout the week to support students and staff members. Jessica Anderson,, "Teenage student shot outside his Northeast Baltimore school campus Monday afternoon," 11 Nov. 2019 The restaurant remained closed Friday morning as cleaning crews continued working there, and grief counselors were onsite, according to a tweet from a WCVB-TV reporter., "Buffalo Wild Wings worker killed by toxic mix of chemicals - The Boston Globe," 9 Nov. 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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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Counselor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 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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