[ kon-suh-lit ]
/ ˈkɒn sə lɪt /
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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.



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Origin of consulate

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin consulātus, equivalent to consulconsul + -ātus-ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for consulate

/ (ˈkɒnsjʊlɪt) /


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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