Definition of consultant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈsʌltənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsʌltənt//
    Medical staff, Hospitals, Business people, Job titles
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  1. 1a person who knows a lot about a particular subject and is employed to give advice about it to other people a firm of management consultants consultant on something the President’s consultant on economic affairs Wordfinderaccountant, agent, auditor, businessman, CEO, chairman, consultant, entrepreneur, executive, manager See related entries: Business people, Job titles
  2. 2 (British English) a hospital doctor of the highest rank who is a specialist in a particular area of medicine a consultant in obstetrics a consultant surgeon compare registrar WordfinderA & E, admit, consultant, doctor, hospital, ICU, inpatient, nurse, operation, ward See related entries: Medical staff, Hospitals
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent. (in the sense ‘a person who consults’): probably from French, from Latin consultare, frequentative of consulere ‘take counsel’.Extra examples He was happy to act as a consultant to the company. She is now a hospital consultant. The review was carried out last year by independent consultants. They work as consultants to a software company. We brought in a management consultant to sort out the mess. a consultant in design, printing and advertising a consultant in psychiatry a consultant on business ethics He’s a top consultant on ecological waste disposal. The professor also acted as a consultant to the Department of Education. The report was compiled by an independent consultant. The statistics are the result of independent research by economic consultants.
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