What does Counsel mean?

Definitions for Counsel
ˈkaʊn səlcoun·sel

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Counsel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. advocate, counsel, counselor, counsellor, counselor-at-law, pleadernoun

    a lawyer who pleads cases in court

  2. guidance, counsel, counseling, counselling, directionverb

    something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

  3. rede, advise, counselverb

    give advice to

    "The teacher counsels troubled students"; "The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud"


  1. counselnoun

    The exchange of opinions and advice; consultation

  2. counselnoun

    Advice or guidance so given

  3. counselnoun

    A lawyer, as in Queen's Counsel (QC)

  4. counselverb

    To give advice, especially professional advice.

  5. counselverb

    To recommend

  6. Etymology: counseil, from conseil, from consilium; akin to consulo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COUNSELnoun

    Etymology: consilium, Latin.

    Let me give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life. 1 Kings, i. 12.

    There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. Francis Bacon, Essay 28.

    The best counsel he could give him was, to go to his parliament. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    They that lay wait for my soul, take counsel together. Psalm lxxi. 10.

    I hold as little counsel with weak fear
    As you, or any Scot that lives. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    They all confess therefore, in the working of that first cause, that counsel is used, reason followed, and a way observed. Richard Hooker, b. i. sect. 2.

    O how comely is the wisdom of old men, and understanding and counsel to men of honour. Ecclus. xxv. 5.

    There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord. Prov. xxi. 30.

    The players cannot keep counsel; they’ll tell all. William Shakespeare.

    The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Psal. xxxiii. 11.

    The Lord will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the heart. 1 Cor. iv. 5.

    Your hand, a covenant; we will have these things set down by lawful counsel. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    For the advocates and counsel that plead, patience and gravity of learning is an essential part of justice; and an overspeaking judge is no well tuned cymbal. Francis Bacon, Essay 57.

    What says my counsel learned in the law? Alexander Pope.

  2. To Counselverb

    Etymology: consilior, Latin.

    But say, Lucetta, now we are alone,
    Would’st thou then counsel me to fall in love. William Shakespeare.

    Truth shall nurse her;
    Holy and heav’nly thoughts still counsel her. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not; I therefore have counselled my friends never to trust to her fairer side, though she seemed to make peace with them. Ben Jonson, Discoveries.

    He supports my poverty with his wealth, and I counsel and instruct him with my learning and experience. Taylor.

    The less had been our shame,
    The less his counsell’d crime which brands the Grecian name. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. Counsel

    A counsel or a counsellor at law is a person who gives advice and deals with various issues, particularly in legal matters. It is a title often used interchangeably with the title of lawyer. The word counsel can also mean advice given outside of the context of the legal profession.


  1. counsel

    Counsel refers to professional guidance, advice, or support provided by a person with expert knowledge or experience, typically in a legal, ethical, or personal context. It involves offering insights, suggestions, and recommendations to help individuals or groups make informed decisions or navigate challenging situations. Counsel can be sought for various purposes, including legal matters, emotional support, career choices, or any other area where expertise and guidance are sought.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Counselnoun

    interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation

  2. Counselnoun

    examination of consequences; exercise of deliberate judgment; prudence

  3. Counselnoun

    result of consultation; advice; instruction

  4. Counselnoun

    deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan

  5. Counselnoun

    a secret opinion or purpose; a private matter

  6. Counselnoun

    one who gives advice, especially in legal matters; one professionally engaged in the trial or management of a cause in court; also, collectively, the legal advocates united in the management of a case; as, the defendant has able counsel

  7. Counselverb

    to give advice to; to advice, admonish, or instruct, as a person

  8. Counselverb

    to advise or recommend, as an act or course

  9. Etymology: [OE. conseilen, counseilen, F. conseiller, fr. L. consiliari, fr. consilium counsel.]


  1. Counsel

    A counsel or a counselor gives advice, particularly in legal matters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Counsel

    kown′sel, n. consultation: deliberation: advice: plan: purpose: one who gives counsel, a barrister or advocate.—v.t. to give advice: to warn:—pr.p. coun′selling; pa.p. coun′selled.—n. Coun′sel-keep′er (Shak.), one who can keep counsel or a secret.—adjs. Coun′sel-keep′ing (Shak.), keeping counsel or secrets; Coun′sellable, that may be counselled.—ns. Coun′sellor, one who counsels: a barrister; Coun′sellorship.—Counsel of perfection, a declaration of our Lord's, not absolutely imperative, but commended as the means of reaching greater perfection; Keep counsel, to keep a secret; King's counsel (K.C.), a barrister-at-law appointed by letters-patent—the office is honorary, but gives the right of precedence in all the courts. [Fr. conseil—L. consilium, advice—consulĕre, to consult.]

Suggested Resources

  1. Counsel

    Counsel vs. Council -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Counsel and Council.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Counsel is ranked #144141 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Counsel surname appeared 115 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Counsel.

    71.3% or 82 total occurrences were Black.
    23.4% or 27 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Counsel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Counsel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Counsel in a Sentence

  1. Norm Eisen:

    I think more likely than not that we do end up with a special counsel assignment.

  2. Rudy Giuliani:

    The public is entitled to hear the reasons for that. I would think the special counsel would have one too.

  3. Brett Kavanaugh:

    Throughout this process, I’ve been interviewed by the FBI, I’ve done a number of' background' calls directly with the The Senate, and yesterday, I answered questions under oath about every topic the senators and their counsel asked me, i’ve done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate.

  4. Marsha Blackburn:

    The Attorney General should immediately appoint a special counsel to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden's business dealings with Communist China, joe and Hunter Biden have been long intertwined with Beijing and profited off shady business deals with the CCP.

  5. Jeremy Hughes:

    As counsel for Becker Enterprises, April has received no complaints from the county government or metro police regarding these small businesses, using anti-Asian stereotypes to attack these small businesses is wrong.

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Translations for Counsel

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  • شورىArabic
  • препоръчвам, обсъждане, съвещание, предлагам, съвет, съветвам, предложениеBulgarian
  • radaCzech
  • rådDanish
  • Anwältin, Beratung, Ratschlag, Rat, AnwaltGerman
  • ο ΣΥΝΗΓΟΡΟΣGreek
  • konsiloEsperanto
  • consejo, consulta, abogadoSpanish
  • مشاورهPersian
  • neuvoa, neuvottelu, suositella, neuvo, lakimies, neuvonpitoFinnish
  • conseiller, conseil, projet, expertise, planFrench
  • խորհրդատվություն, խորհուրդ, փաստաբան, խորհրդատվություն տալArmenian
  • avvocato, consiglioItalian
  • 조언Korean
  • consiliumLatin
  • совет, советување, препорачува, советуваMacedonian
  • raadDutch
  • rådNorwegian
  • radaPolish
  • conselhoPortuguese
  • povățui, sfat, sfătuire, sfătui, consilia, expertiză, consultație, povață, recomanda, consultanțăRomanian
  • совещание, обсуждение, консультация, советRussian
  • rådSwedish
  • avukat, istişare, danışma, tavsiyeTurkish
  • адвокатUkrainian
  • مشورہUrdu
  • jilavogan, kronalavogan, lavogan, hilavogan, kronahilavogan, kronajilavoganVolapük
  • 法律顾问Chinese

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