- an official appointed by the government of one country to look after its commercial interests and the welfare of its citizens in another country.
- either of the two chief magistrates of the ancient Roman republic.
- French History. one of the three supreme magistrates of the First Republic during the period 1799–1804.
Origin of consul
Examples from the Web for consul
“The Syrian war is having its effects here as well,” said Yehyavi, the Iranian consul general in Quetta.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
The U.S. position is that as a consul, Khobragade was not immune from arrest for allegedly under-paying her maid.Husain Haqqani on America’s Diplomat Shame
December 19, 2013
The Japanese consul in Alexandria was sending the Germans reports on the movement of the Mediterranean Fleet.
The consul was a keen golfer, so Cunningham ostentatiously visited the clubhouse with his clubs and an overnight bag.
But the consul denied there had been any kind of direct Sandinista pressure to cut off funding for the group.Nicaragua’s President Accused of Sex Abuse by His Stepdaughter
May 20, 2013
The consul then saw the Dutch merchant, and the matter was arranged between them.
She had a new cap tain, and he consented to receive me as a consul's man.
I suppose there must be a consul—Asiut seems a big, important town.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The British Consul hadn't had such a marriage in the whole of his Consularity.Little Dorrit
In 1811 Mr. Madison appointed him consul at Riga, but he declined the place.
- an official appointed by a sovereign state to protect its commercial interests and aid its citizens in a foreign city
- (in ancient Rome) either of two annually elected magistrates who jointly exercised the highest authority in the republic
- (in France from 1799 to 1804) any of the three chief magistrates of the First Republic
Word Origin and History for consul
late 14c., "magistrate in ancient Rome," from Old French consule and directly from Latin consul "magistrate in ancient Rome," probably originally "one who consults the Senate," from consulere "to deliberate, take counsel" (see consultation).
Modern sense began with use as appellation of various foreign officials and magistrates, "a representative chosen by a community of merchants living in a foreign country; an agent appointed by a government or ruler to represent the interests of its subjects and traders in a foreign place" (c.1600), an extended sense that developed 13c. in the Spanish form of the word.