Define: Consultant

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Consultant


Quick Summary of Consultant


A person who provides expert advice professionally.



What is the dictionary definition of Consultant?

Dictionary Definition


  1. A person or party that is consulted.
  2. A person whose occupation is to be consulted for their expertise, advice, or help in an area or speciality. Alternatively, a party whose business is to be similarly consulted.

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Full Definition of Consultant


A consultant is an individual or firm that offers expert advice or provides a professional service in exchange for a fee or commission. Normally, a consultant is not an employee of a contracting company, rather a consultant works as an independent party. A consultant is usually very skilled, having vast training in and knowledge of a particular field. Often a consultant will provide services for a specified period of time or on a project basis. A consultant may be one of the following types: computer consultant, accounting consultant, communications consultant, marketing consultant, finance consultant, among others. A consultant that works with an organization to develop a new strategy or methodology, or a consultant engaged solely to help a company solve a problem is often referred to as a facilitator.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Consultant are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 4th February 2020.