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consul

[ kon-suhl ]

noun

  1. an official appointed by the government of one country to look after its commercial interests and the welfare of its citizens in another country.
  2. either of the two chief magistrates of the ancient Roman republic.
  3. French History. one of the three supreme magistrates of the First Republic during the period 1799–1804.


consul

/ ˈkɒnsəl; ˈkɒnsjʊlə /

noun

  1. an official appointed by a sovereign state to protect its commercial interests and aid its citizens in a foreign city
  2. (in ancient Rome) either of two annually elected magistrates who jointly exercised the highest authority in the republic
  3. (in France from 1799 to 1804) any of the three chief magistrates of the First Republic


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Confusables Note

See council.
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Derived Forms

  • consular, adjective
  • ˈconsulˌship, noun
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Other Words From

  • con·su·lar adjective
  • con·sul·ship noun
  • sub·con·sul noun
  • sub·con·sul·ship noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of consul1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin; a derivative of consulere “to take counsel, consult”; consult
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Word History and Origins

Origin of consul1

C14: from Latin, from consulere to consult
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Example Sentences

The consul had led me through a magnificent garden—whose name I unfortunately don’t remember—to “meet” three trees that had survived the bomb.

No one would have guessed it from looking at him, but the consul was well over 80 years old, and he had had a lot to drink.

During his career, he had served his country as consul in Italy for many years, and he had learned the language.

In the early 1990s he was British trade commissioner to China, and later first secretary at the British embassy in Beijing, and consul for Macau.

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“The Syrian war is having its effects here as well,” said Yehyavi, the Iranian consul general in Quetta.

The U.S. position is that as a consul, Khobragade was not immune from arrest for allegedly under-paying her maid.

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.

He was in early life a shipcarpenter, and subsequently American consul at Antwerp.

He was further instructed to hand over his consulate archives to the British Consul, who would take charge of American interests.

Scarcely a year passed in which his name was not connected with some conspiracy to overthrow the First Consul.

Thanks to Massna's warm introduction and his own reputation, he found himself cordially received by the First Consul.

The relations between Ney and the First Consul soon became closer.

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