[ proh-kon-suhl ]

  1. 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.

  2. any appointed administrator over a dependency or an occupied area.

Origin of proconsul

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

Other words from proconsul

  • pro·con·su·lar, adjective
  • pro·con·su·lar·ly, adverb

Other definitions for Proconsul (2 of 2)

[ proh-kon-suhl ]

  1. 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 prōconsulproconsul); the genus was thought to be ancestral to the chimpanzee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use proconsul in a sentence

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

    Hyacinth | George A. Birmingham
  • The country was presented by the Romans to Eumenes, and subsequently formed part of the proconsular province of Asia.

  • Nevertheless, we are told that Cicero, in this case, abused his proconsular authority in favor of Brutus.

    The Life of Cicero | Anthony Trollope
  • For if you say that you committed no such deeds, we simply read to you the records of the proconsular province and the state.

  • The Consuls remained at home, and Generals were sent out with proconsular authority.

    Life of Cicero | Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for proconsul


/ (prəʊˈkɒnsəl) /

  1. an administrator or governor of a colony, occupied territory, or other dependency

  2. (in ancient Rome) the governor of a senatorial province

Origin of proconsul

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

Derived forms of proconsul

  • proconsular (prəʊˈkɒnsjʊlə), adjective
  • proconsulate or proconsulship, noun

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