con·​sul | \ˈkän(t)-səl \

Definition of consul 

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

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Other Words from consul

consular \ ˈkän(t)-​s(ə-​)lər \ adjective
consulship \ ˈkän(t)-​səl-​ˌship \ noun

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Two years ago, when Dondisch became consul, about 100 people came to the office each day. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s Mexican Consulate prepares for move into former Harvard Exit Theater," 25 June 2018 The vice consul didn’t explain why there was no check by the line on the form letter indicating that the review remained under way. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Disabled Yemeni Child, Cited in Supreme Court Review of Travel Ban, Gains Entry to U.S.," 26 May 2018 The consul in Germany instructed his staff to issue visas only to those who had funds or property of their own that would yield an income sufficient to support themselves. Susan F. Martin, Fortune, "Trump’s Asylum Policy Is Eerily Similar to America’s During the Holocaust," 19 June 2018 In May, the Czech Republic reopened its honorary consulate in Jerusalem after it had been shuttered since 2016 following the death of the previous honorary consul. Ariel Kahana, Jewish Journal, "Slovakia declares it will move its embassy to Jerusalem," 5 July 2018 But one local faith group, along with Mexico's consul for Austin and state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, disagree. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "'Zero tolerance' arrests put 13 in ICE custody, 'had nothing to do with immigration,' Texas sheriff says," 3 July 2018 Each migrant's identity must be carefully confirmed by an embassy's consul and supporting documents must be scrutinized, which can take several months. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy," 22 June 2018 According to the next day's newspaper account, 3,000 soccer fans, including the British consul, were at Lighthouse. Mike Jensen,, "In 1952, visit by Manchester more low-key," 18 June 2018 Here's the backstory: Domingo Milord, a Cuban consul, lived there with his wife, Paula (friendly reminder, it's called Villa Paula), for a few years. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Miami's Most Haunted House Is for Sale for Nearly $5 Million," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of consul

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for consul

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

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English Language Learners 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


con·​sul | \ˈkän-səl \

Kids Definition of consul

: 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


con·​sul | \ˈkän-səl \

Legal Definition of consul 

: 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

Other Words from consul

consular \ -​sə-​lər \ adjective
consulship noun

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