[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.

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

Examples from the Web for proconsular

Historical Examples of proconsular

  • Nobody remains longer than that on a first Proconsular appointment.

    A Slave is a Slave

    Henry Beam Piper

  • He went to Africa with proconsular authority, and of course fleeced the Africans.

    Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

  • Then, heralded by an obsequious guard, came a great man, proconsular in mien and gait.


    George A. Birmingham

  • A legate being appointed by the emperor over the conquered countries, Britain became a proconsular province.

  • This was Obray of Erskyll's first proconsular appointment, it was due to family influence, and it was a mistake.

    A Slave is a Slave

    Henry Beam Piper

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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