consigliere

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Italian consigliere, from Italian consiglio(advice", counsel), from Latin cōnsilium(council). Entered the popular English lexicon through Mario Puzo's “Godfather” novels and the subsequent films made from them.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˌkɒn.sɪlˈjɛ.ɹi]

Noun[edit]

consigliere (plural consiglieri or consiglieres)

  1. A counselor or advisor, especially to Mafia bosses.
    • 2007, New York Times, [1]
      He is the master strategist behind the scenes; the consigliere to the head of “the family,” as some Clinton aides refer to her operation; and a fund-raising machine who is steadily pulling in $100,000 or more at receptions
    • 2017 January 24, Eric Levitz, “Trump Aides Keep Leaking Embarrassing Stories About How He Can’t Handle Embarrassment”, in New York Magazine[2]:
      Jared Kushner tried to prevent Conway from being invited into the White House at all, because he viewed her “as a possible threat to his role as Trump’s chief consigliere.”

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From consiglio +‎ -iere.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kon.siʎˈʎɛ.re/

Noun[edit]

consigliere m, f (plural consiglieri, feminine consigliera)

  1. adviser
  2. councillor

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