[ proh-kon-suh l ]
/ proʊˈkɒn səl /


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

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prōconsul; see pro-1, consul

Related forms

pro·con·su·lar, adjectivepro·con·su·lar·ly, adverb

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[ proh-kon-suh l ]
/ proʊˈkɒn səl /


an African subgenus of Dryopithecus that lived 17–20 million years ago and is possibly ancestral to modern hominoids.

Origin of Proconsul

< New Latin (1933), equivalent to pro- pro-1 + Consul, allegedly the name of a chimpanzee in a London zoo (with a pun on Latin prōconsul proconsul); the genus was thought to be ancestral to the chimpanzee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proconsul


/ (prəʊˈkɒnsəl) /


an administrator or governor of a colony, occupied territory, or other dependency
(in ancient Rome) the governor of a senatorial province

Derived Forms

proconsular (prəʊˈkɒnsjʊlə), adjectiveproconsulate or proconsulship, noun

Word Origin for proconsul

C14: from Latin, from prō consule (someone acting) for the consul. See pro- ², consul
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