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consul

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noun con·sul \ˈkän(t)-səl\

Simple Definition of consul

  • : a government official whose job is to live in a foreign country and protect and help the citizens of his or her own country who are traveling, living, or doing business there

  • : either one of two chief officials of the ancient Roman republic who were elected every year

Full Definition of consul

  1. 1 a :  either of two annually elected chief magistrates of the Roman republic b :  one of three chief magistrates of the French republic from 1799 to 1804

  2. 2 :  an official appointed by a government to reside in a foreign country to represent the commercial interests of citizens of the appointing country

con·sul·ar play \-s(ə-)lər\ adjective
con·sul·ship play \-səl-ˌship\ noun

Origin of consul

Middle English, from Latin; perhaps akin to Latin consulere to consult


First Known Use: 14th century



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