Meaning of consigliere in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkɒnsɪˈljɛːreɪ/


  • A member of a Mafia family who serves as an adviser to the leader and resolves disputes within the family.

    ‘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?’
    • ‘A malign version of myself, more outrageous and more cunning, he became the godfather and I the consiglieri of our two-man ‘mob’.’
    • ‘Now, as the era of the imperial CEO draws to a dramatic and painful close, CEOs are relying on these corporate consiglieri even more.’
    • ‘But if it wasn't the his consiglieri who leaked the name to the press, then who was responsible?’
    • ‘After all, Larry is one of my best friends, as well as a valued consiglieri.’
    • ‘They do not look to one person, but assemble a mixed grille of consiglieri.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Would that be anything like a wartime consigliere?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The consigliere to the Don is not seen any more; he is gone.’
    • ‘A brief rush of new stories last fall detailed the delaying and thuggish tactics used by the governor's contract consigliere.’
    counsellor, mentor, guide, consultant, consultee, confidant, confidante, guide, right hand man, right hand woman, aide, helper


Italian, literally ‘a member of a council’.