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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

consular play \-s(ə-)lər\ adjective
consulship play \-səl-ˌship\ noun

Origin of consul

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


First Known Use: 14th century


CONSUL Defined for Kids

consul

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noun con·sul \ˈkän-səl\

Definition of consul for Students

  1. :  an official appointed by a government to live in a foreign country in order to look after the commercial interests of citizens of the appointing country




Law Dictionary

consul

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noun con·sul \ˈkän-səl\

Legal Definition of consul

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

consular \-sə-lər\ play adjective
consulship noun




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