Definition of citizen advocate in English:

citizen advocate

(also citizens' advocate, citizen's advocate)


  • 1US. A person employed to mediate between citizens and local government or other official agencies. Also: a person who represents the interests of (a section of) the community to a policy-making body, or who campaigns for a particular cause; a member of a pressure group, a lobbyist.

  • 2Originally US. A volunteer who provides help to disabled, elderly, or vulnerable members of the community; especially one trained to represent to the relevant authorities the interests of a person with learning difficulties or other cognitive impairment, and to provide help with administrative responsibilities.


1950s; earliest use found in Western Political Quarterly. In some forms from citizen + advocate.


citizen advocate

/ˌsɪtɪz(ə)n ˈadvəkət/