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consul

[ kon-suhl ]
/ ˈkɒn səl /
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Definition of consul

noun
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.
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Origin of consul

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin; a derivative of consulere “to take counsel, consult”; see origin at consult

words often confused with consul

See council.

OTHER WORDS FROM consul

con·su·lar, adjectivecon·sul·ship, nounsub·con·sul, nounsub·con·sul·ship, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH consul

consul , council, counsel (see confusables note at council)
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How to use consul in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for consul

consul
/ (ˈkɒnsəl) /

noun
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

Derived forms of consul

consular (ˈkɒnsjʊlə), adjectiveconsulship, noun

Word Origin for consul

C14: from Latin, from consulere to consult
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