[ kon-suh-lit ]
/ ˈkɒn sə lɪt /


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.


Nearby words

  1. consuetudinary,
  2. consul,
  3. consul general,
  4. consular,
  5. consular agent,
  6. consulate general,
  7. consult,
  8. consultancy,
  9. consultant,
  10. consultant nurse

Origin of consulate

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin consulātus, equivalent to consul consul + -ātus -ate3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for consulate



late 14c., "government of Rome by the consuls," from Latin consulatus "office of a consul," from consul (see consul). Also used in reference to the consular government of France from 1799-1804. In reference to the office of a modern consul, from 1702.

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