- 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
Examples from the Web for proconsular
Nobody remains longer than that on a first Proconsular appointment.
He went to Africa with proconsular authority, and of course fleeced the Africans.Life of Cicero
Then, heralded by an obsequious guard, came a great man, proconsular in mien and gait.Hyacinth
George A. Birmingham
A legate being appointed by the emperor over the conquered countries, Britain became a proconsular province.Old English Chronicles
This was Obray of Erskyll's first proconsular appointment, it was due to family influence, and it was a mistake.
- 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 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.