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a member of a council
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counselor – an advisor; a lawyer; an official of an embassy who ranks below an ambassador or minister [The above words are not interchangeable. A council is an assembly of persons who make deliberations and offer advice. A member of such a group is a councilor. Counsel means advice given to another. A person who gives the advice is a counselor.]
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coun·cil·oralso coun·cil·lor (koun′sə-lər, -slər)
A member of a council, as one convened to advise a governor. See Usage Note at council.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a variant US spelling of councillor
2. an archaic spelling of counsellor
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or coun•cil•lor(ˈkaʊn sə lər, -slər)
a member of a council.
[1300–50; Middle English conseiler < Anglo-French: adviser; see counselor]
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