One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a Mafia family who serves as an adviser to the leader and resolves disputes within the family.
counsellor, mentor, guide, consultant, consultee, confidant, confidante, right hand man, right hand woman, aide, helperView synonyms
- ‘When our father couldn't be there for us, we relied on Angelo - our father's right hand man, his consigliere - and father's bodyguards to take care of us.’
- ‘After all, Larry is one of my best friends, as well as a valued consiglieri.’
- ‘Although he's in semi-retirement, the entrepreneur who conducts business in sweat suits and sneakers, still serves as consigliere to emerging artists as well as industry power brokers.’
- ‘They do not look to one person, but assemble a mixed grille of consiglieri.’
- ‘The consigliere to the Don is not seen any more; he is gone.’
- ‘A malign version of myself, more outrageous and more cunning, he became the godfather and I the consiglieri of our two-man ‘mob’.’
- ‘Other than advise the Corleones, what does a consigliere do on radio?’
- ‘He's a bit of a confidant and consiglieri to the likes of Desmond.’
- ‘Would that be anything like a wartime consigliere?’
- ‘A brief rush of new stories last fall detailed the delaying and thuggish tactics used by the governor's contract consigliere.’
- ‘But if it wasn't the his consiglieri who leaked the name to the press, then who was responsible?’
- ‘Now, as the era of the imperial CEO draws to a dramatic and painful close, CEOs are relying on these corporate consiglieri even more.’
Italian, literally ‘a member of a council’.
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