[proh-kon-suh l]


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.

Nearby words

  1. proclivity,
  2. proclus,
  3. procne,
  4. procoagulant,
  5. procollagen,
  6. proconsulate,
  7. proconvertin,
  8. procopius,
  9. procrastinate,
  10. procrastination

Origin of proconsul

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

Related formspro·con·su·lar, adjectivepro·con·su·lar·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proconsular



an administrator or governor of a colony, occupied territory, or other dependency
(in ancient Rome) the governor of a senatorial province
Derived Formsproconsular (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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Word Origin and History for proconsular



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.

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