- 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 consular
Contemporary Examples of consular
Consular officials are protected against arrest only for acts committed in the course of their duties.Husain Haqqani on America’s Diplomat Shame
December 19, 2013
Remember, Karl's scoop last week, timed to the testimony of the three consular aides, set off an earthquake.Will ABC Finger the Liar?
May 17, 2013
Joudah said an American consular official did get in touch with her.Critics Fear Visa Waiver For Israel Glosses Over Discrimination Against Americans
Ali Gharib, George Hale
May 16, 2013
What the hard-shell righties want to know is not about the boring issue of consular security.
Marco Rubio and Saxby Chambliss want answers about consular security measures.
Historical Examples of consular
After Bonaparte had assumed the consular authority, they were reduced to ten.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
They did in that act a number of very good things for the consular service.Latin America and the United States
By this time a change had taken place in the consular office.A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories
William D. Howells
Norwegian policy after the grounding of the Consular negotiations.The Swedish-Norwegian Union Crisis
The prætorian elections, like the consular, had been put off till February.The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1
Marcus Tullius Cicero
- 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 for consul
early 15c., from Latin consularis, from consul (see 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.