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


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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Four years ago, the archdiocese began requiring archdiocesan schools to include a requirement that teachers, counselors and administrators uphold church teachings both at and away from school. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Archbishop says Indianapolis Archdiocese is not on a 'witch hunt' for gay teachers," 28 June 2019 Record said each person who checks in will find a case worker, counselor and tent leader inside the one they are assigned. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Stand Down kicks off weekend of help for homeless vets," 28 June 2019 Gibson has spent each of the 15 following summers at the camp — first as a camper, a junior leader and a counselor and now as a program director. Emily Brindley,, "Camp Courant begins 125th year of free summer camp for Hartford kids," 24 June 2019 Less experienced teachers and all nurses, counselors and librarians will receive a 2.5 percent raise and administrators, 2 percent. Liz Teitz,, "School districts across San Antonio deciding teacher pay raises," 21 June 2019 Work mentor and therapist or counselor were ranked much lower, with only 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively, identifying these figures as sources of advice. Karen Turner, Vox, "Secularism is on the rise, but Americans are still finding community and purpose in spirituality," 11 June 2019 The answers were complex, driven by records from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, data from the U.S. Census Bureau and nearly 100 interviews with lenders, borrowers, servicers, bankers, regulators, counselors and attorneys. Nick Penzenstadler And Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, USA TODAY, "How we investigated reverse mortgage foreclosures," 11 June 2019 They are nominated by teachers and counselors and chosen by the RB Rotary Club Scholarship Committee. James Kaspar, Pomerado News, "Rancho Bernardo Rotarians award $12K in scholarships," 6 June 2019 The union, however, wants to redirect any savings to reduce class sizes and hire more nurses and counselors. Michael Finch Ii, sacbee, "Sacramento city schools could save millions on teachers’ health care. Will union play ball?," 4 June 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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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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