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[kon-suh-lit] /ˈkɒn sə lɪt/
the premises officially occupied by a consul.
the position, work, authority, or term of service of a consul.
(often initial capital letter) a government by consuls, as in France from 1799 to 1804.
Origin of consulate
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin consulātus, equivalent to consul consul + -ātus -ate3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He returned to the consulate to talk over the matter with the trusty Scanlons.

  • "No, it is not the consulate," said Pachmann smoothly, and turned to Vard.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • To the guillotine succeeded the court-martial; then the consulate, then the Empire.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • He was the doctor of our Legation and, of course, of the consulate, too.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • But in our consulate (where I arrived dripping after a sharp walk) they could tell me nothing.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for consulate


the business premises or residence of a consul
government by consuls
the office or period of office of a consul or consuls
(often capital)
  1. the government of France by the three consuls from 1799 to 1804
  2. this period of French history
(often capital)
  1. the consular government of the Roman republic
  2. the office or rank of a Roman consul
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Word Origin and History for consulate

late 14c., "government of Rome by the consuls," from Latin consulatus "office of a consul," from consul (see consul). Also used in reference to the consular government of France from 1799-1804. In reference to the office of a modern consul, from 1702.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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