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Borrowed 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.


  • IPA(key): [ˌkɒn.sɪlˈjɛ.ɹi]


consigliere (plural consiglieri or consiglieres)

  1. A counselor or advisor, especially to Mafia bosses.
    • 2007 May 13, Patrick Healy, “In New Role, Senator Clinton’s Strategist in Chief”, in New York Times[1]:
      He [Bill Clinton] 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 [Kellyanne] 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.”
    • 2021 August 6, Gaby Hinsliff, “Johnson’s muddle over Covid is a foretaste of his thinking on climate change.”, in The Guardian[3]:
      What we’re seeing on the climate crisis looks, in other words, wearily familiar: a combination of Boris Johnson’s allergy to taking unpopular decisions, plus a preference for working in what his old consigliere Dominic Cummings calls an atmosphere of chaos, where nobody is entirely sure what their mercurial boss wants or stands for, and thus finds it harder to oppose him.

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Borrowed from Italian consigliere.


  • IPA(key): /ˌkɔn.silˈjeː.rə/, /ˌkɔˈeː.rə/
  • Hyphenation: con‧si‧gli‧ere
  • Rhymes: -eːrə


consigliere m (plural consiglieri)

  1. A legal counsel and advisor of a crime boss, in particular in the mafia.



From consiglio +‎ -iere.


  • IPA(key): /kon.siʎˈʎɛ.re/
  • Rhymes: -ɛre
  • Hyphenation: con‧si‧gliè‧re


consigliere m or f (plural consiglieri, feminine consigliera)

  1. adviser
  2. councillor

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  • English: consigliere