- Roman History. an official, usually a former consul, who acted as governor or military commander of a province, and who had powers similar to those of a consul.
- any appointed administrator over a dependency or an occupied area.
Origin of proconsul
- an African subgenus of Dryopithecus that lived 17–20 million years ago and is possibly ancestral to modern hominoids.
Origin of Proconsul
Examples from the Web for proconsul
Government authority then rested with the Coalition Provisional Authority proconsul L. Paul Bremer.What If the Iraq War Never Happened?
March 20, 2013
This speech so much enraged the proconsul, that Nichomachus was put to the rack.Fox's Book of Martyrs
Shatrak demanded, looking from the Proconsul to the Ministerial Secretary.A Slave is a Slave
Henry Beam Piper
Even if the proconsul should ask me himself who my god is, I am dumb.
The case was tried by the proconsul himself, Claudius Maximus.
When the morning came, the Roman Proconsul saw the Greek in his cell.Saronia
- an administrator or governor of a colony, occupied territory, or other dependency
- (in ancient Rome) the governor of a senatorial province
Word Origin and History for proconsul
late 14c., "governor or military commander of an ancient Roman province," from Latin proconsul "governor of a province; military commander," from phrase pro consule "(acting) in place of a consul," from pro- "in place of" (see pro-) + ablative of consul. In modern use usually rhetorical, but it was a title of certain commissioners in the French Revolution, was used in English for "deputy consul," and was used again of U.S. administrators in Iraq during the occupation. Related: Proconsular.