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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Rob Livingston stars as Sam Loudermilk, a grumpy recovering alcoholic who now works as a substance abuse counselor. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Athletics Director Mark Harlan said counselors and psychologists were available to support McCluskey’s teammates, coaches and friends. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "Records: Suspect in Utah university killing was sex offender," 24 Oct. 2018 Penn Lee, the spokeswoman for the town of Humboldt, said grief counselors are available. Fox News, "Crash of hockey team's bus leaves at least 15 dead, town devastated," 2 Oct. 2018 Research like the recent JAMA study confirms what genetic counselors have been seeing: many more women than men coming in for testing. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "The Genetic Test Some Men Don’t Know They Need," 7 Aug. 2018 Besides weekly sessions speaking with a counselor, the lawsuit alleges the teen has received no further mental health treatment, such as medications that might help regulate his moods and behavior. USA TODAY, "Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse," 21 June 2018 Besides weekly sessions speaking with a counselor, the lawsuit alleges the teen has received no further mental health treatment, such as medications that might help regulate his moods and behavior. CBS News, "Young immigrants detained in Virginia allege they were beaten while cuffed, left nude in cells," 21 June 2018 Then the patient is informed and invited to meet with the primary-care provider, along with a genetic counselor, if desired. Michelle Andrews, Washington Post, "What if your doctor offered genetic testing as a way to keep you healthy?," 28 May 2018 For example, if someone is terrified of dogs, exposure therapy might involve spending time in a room with a counselor and a pooch. Markham Heid, Time, "Nightmares Are Scary. But Are They Bad For Your Health?," 23 May 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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