consul

noun con·sul \ ˈkän(t)-səl \

Definition of consul

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 :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

consular

play \ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)lər\ adjective

consulship

play \ˈkän(t)-səl-ˌship\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of consul

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


CONSUL Defined for English Language Learners

consul

noun

Definition of consul for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CONSUL Defined for Kids

consul

noun con·sul \ ˈkän-səl \

Definition of consul for Students

: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

noun 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

consular

play \-sə-lər\ adjective

consulship

noun


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