Definition of counselor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkouns(ə)lər/
(also chiefly British counsellor)


1A person trained to give guidance on personal, social, or psychological problems: a marriage counselor
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  • Pain rehabilitation programs often employ a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors and physical therapists.
  • They may not know the differences in training between psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and social workers.
  • People such as counsellors, psychologists and behavioural therapists may show you relaxation techniques and other ways to deal with stress.
adviser, consultant, guide, mentor;
expert, specialist
1.1 [often with adjective] A person who gives advice on a specified subject: a debt counselor
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  • This is a heartfelt and very practical book, which includes chapters with advice for pregnancy center counselors.
  • We later had a behavioral health counselor talk to him, but Jeremy said he didn't want help - he could handle things on his own.
  • The 50-year-old dog trainer and behaviour counsellor has gambled her future on the venture.
2North American A person who supervises children at a camp.
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  • Camps should gather specific information about each child and use that in meetings with counselors and supervisors.
  • Working as a counselor at a summer camp in northern Wisconsin, he was invited to a friend's family's lake cottage.
  • But when an adult supervisor and other counselors organized a tug-of-war, Allan's instincts told him to refuse to join in.
3US & Irish A trial lawyer.
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  • Now she was working as a receptionist and sometime counselor, but she was planning to become a paralegal and, after that, an attorney.
4A senior officer in the diplomatic service.
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  • Those with interpersonal intelligence are sensitive to others; think of diplomats and counselors as examples.
  • By the end of 1983, he was back in the diplomatic service, as counsellor at the Irish embassy in London.
  • I was ushered into one of the meeting rooms and met by the embassy's press counsellor.


A counselor is someone who gives advice or counsel, especially an attorney. A councilor is a member of a council, such as a town or city council. Confusion arises because many counselors sit on councils, and councilors are often called on to give counsel.


Middle English (in the general sense 'adviser'): from Old French conseiller, from Latin consiliarius, and Old French conseillour, from Latin consiliator, both from consilium 'consultation or advice'.

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Syllabification: coun·se·lor

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