Definition of consigliere in US English:

consigliere

nounPlural consiglieri

  • An adviser, especially to a crime boss.

    • ‘After all, Larry is one of my best friends, as well as a valued consiglieri.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Would that be anything like a wartime consigliere?’
    • ‘He's a bit of a confidant and consiglieri to the likes of Desmond.’
    • ‘Other than advise the Corleones, what does a consigliere do on radio?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A malign version of myself, more outrageous and more cunning, he became the godfather and I the consiglieri of our two-man ‘mob’.’
    • ‘A brief rush of new stories last fall detailed the delaying and thuggish tactics used by the governor's contract consigliere.’
    • ‘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.’
    counsellor, mentor, guide, consultant, consultee, confidant, confidante, right hand man, right hand woman, aide, helper
    View synonyms

Origin

Italian, literally ‘a member of a council’.

Pronunciation

consigliere

/kənsiɡlēˈērē/