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consul

[ kon-suhl ]
/ ˈkɒn səl /
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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,
See council.
consul , council, counsel (see confusables note at council)
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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
consular (ˈkɒnsjʊlə), adjectiveconsulship, noun
C14: from Latin, from consulere to consult
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