from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that advises, such as a person or firm that offers official or professional advice to clients.
  • n. An educator who advises students in academic and personal matters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who advises.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who advises.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who gives advice or admonition; also, in a bad sense, one who instigates or persuades.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an expert who gives advice


to advise + -er (Wiktionary)



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  • See advisor for details of etymology and preferences. In a nutshell: BrE somewhat prefers -er, AmE -or, but it's not a simple split.

    March 24, 2009