[ kon-suhl ]
/ ˈkɒn səl /
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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
words often confused with consul
OTHER WORDS FROM consulcon·su·lar, adjectivecon·sul·ship, nounsub·con·sul, nounsub·con·sul·ship, noun
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How to use consul in a sentence
Cicero during his consulship speaks of one at Rome, and there were others before his time at Capua and Praeneste.
The quaestorship might be spent in one, the praetorship and the consulship were sure to be followed by a year abroad.
The victories of Marius over the Teutones and Cimbrians had been followed by his sixth election to the consulship.
The election of Marius to the consulship marks the beginning of the last age of the Roman republic.
It was while he was serving under Metellus in Africa that Marius became a candidate for the consulship.
British Dictionary definitions for consul
/ (ˈkɒnsəl) /
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
Derived forms of consulconsular (ˈkɒnsjʊlə), adjectiveconsulship, noun
Word Origin for consul
C14: from Latin, from consulere to consult
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