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a member of a council
Not to be confused with:
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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also coun·cil·lor  (koun′sə-lər, -slər)
A member of a council, as one convened to advise a governor. See Usage Note at council.

coun′cil·or·ship′ n.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a variant US spelling of councillor
2. an archaic spelling of counsellor
ˈcouncilorˌship n
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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]
coun′ci•lor•ship`, n.
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References in classic literature ?
Tradition said that this house with the pointed gables was inhabited, in the time of Henry III., by a councilor of state whom Queen Catherine came, some say to visit, and others to strangle.
After the councilor had died -- whether by strangulation or naturally is of no consequence -- the house had been sold, then abandoned, and lastly isolated from the other houses of the street.
Dumaguete City Councilor Manuel 'Chaco' Sagarbarria and his entire slate won by landslide against their opponents in the election for the new set of officers of the Philippine Councilors' League (PCL) in Negros Oriental.
Councilor Franz Pumaren was re-elected as majority floor leader while Councilor Mayen Juico was elected as the president pro-tempore and chairperson of Women, Family Relations and Gender Equality Committee.
The councils with population between 6,000 and 13,000 would have three general councilors, a lady and minority councilor.
Out of the 23 councillors, 17 voted for the motion while 5 were against and 1 councilor abstained.
Councilor Maria Concepcion 'Ichi' Yabut, who maintained her support for incumbent Mayor Abby Binay, was ousted as majority floor leader during last week's session of the 17-man city council.
Councilor Avegayle Ortiz-Omalza was one of the five first-timer councilors proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last May 10, 2016.
They were also of the opinion that every village councilor are given one to two lakh Rupees per year for developmental works and when these funds are utilized by contractors the people blame the councilors that they have done sub standard work .
"City Hall is the center of government and it is in conceivable that the elected representatives of that government would not have individual office space, just like the mayor and the City Manager," Councilor George Brown wrote in an email.
Councillor Maelor Williams, the council's only Liberal Democrat councillor is also considering making a submission backing a cut in councilor numbers.