Definition of consultant in English:


Line breaks: con¦sult|ant
Pronunciation: /kənˈsʌlt(ə)nt


1A person who provides expert advice professionally: he acted as campaign consultant to the president
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  • The consultants provide advice on how to energise the crystals and place the objects.
  • Wind farm experts and consultants West Coast Energy will be on hand to answer questions on the scheme.
  • The city was chosen against the advice of consultants, who ruled it out on cost grounds.
adviser, guide, counsellor;
informal ace, whizz, wizard, hotshot
North American informal maven
2 [often as modifier] British A hospital doctor of senior rank within a specific field: a consultant paediatrician
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  • Reporting levels among hospital consultants and doctors in nursing homes have increased far less.
  • I recently accompanied a relative to hospital to see a consultant oncologist.
  • Their experiences are commented on by a general practitioner and a consultant haematologist.
senior doctor, specialist


late 17th century (in the sense 'a person who consults'): probably from French, from Latin consultare (see consult).

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