A consultant is an expert in a particular field. Sometimes a business will rely on the guidance of a consultant to help change its image.

How did the word consultant come about? Consult dates to the 1520s and comes from the French word consultare, meaning "take advice of." The related noun consultant, to mean someone qualified to give advice, is believed to have first appeared in an 1893 Sherlock Holmes story.

Definitions of consultant
  1. noun
    an expert who gives advice
    synonyms: adviser, advisor
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    (Greek mythology) a wise old counselor to the Greeks at Troy
    Grigori Efimovich Rasputin
    Siberian peasant monk who was religious advisor in the court of Nicholas II; was assassinated by Russian noblemen who feared that his debauchery would weaken the monarchy (1872-1916)
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    amicus curiae, friend of the court
    an adviser to the court on some matter of law who is not a party to the case; usually someone who wants to influence the outcome of a lawsuit involving matters of wide public interest
    backroom boy, brain truster
    an expert adviser involved in making important decisions but usually lacking official status
    beauty consultant
    someone who gives you advice about your personal appearance
    counsellor, counselor
    someone who gives advice about problems
    agricultural agent, county agent, extension agent
    an advisor employed by the government to assist people in rural areas with methods of farming and home economics
    fashion consultant, fashionmonger
    someone who advises you about fashionable clothing
    investment adviser, investment advisor
    someone who advises others how to invest their money
    management consultant
    adviser to business about efficient management practices
    media consultant, media guru
    someone who advises about the use of communication media
    military adviser, military advisor
    a military officer who serves as an adviser to the troops of an allied nation
    security consultant
    an adviser about alarm systems to prevent burglaries
    a religious adviser (not necessarily a priest) in the Eastern Orthodox Church
    tipster, tout
    one who sells advice about gambling or speculation (especially at the racetrack)
    Dutch uncle
    a counselor who admonishes frankly and sternly
    racetrack tout
    someone who offers advice about betting on horses (either to influence the odds or in the hope of sharing some of the winnings)
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    an expert whose views are taken as definitive
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