Definition of consultant in English:


Syllabification: con·sult·ant
Pronunciation: /kənˈsəltnt


  • 1A person who provides expert advice professionally.
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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.
  • 2 [usually as modifier] British A hospital doctor of senior rank within a specific field: a consultant pediatrician
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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.


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

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