con·​sul | \ ˈkän(t)-səl How to pronounce consul (audio) \

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

consulship \ ˈkän(t)-​səl-​ˌship How to pronounce consulship (audio) \ noun

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Wilmer was diagnosed with pneumonia, according to the Guatemalan consul in Del Rio, Texas, and died about a month later at a children’s hospital on May 14. Washington Post, "Guatemalans still risk migration despite child deaths in US," 6 June 2019 As the Napoleonic Wars raged across Europe, the French consul had become a conqueror, hungry for more lands. National Geographic, "How Beethoven went from Napoleon’s biggest fan to his worst critic," 24 Apr. 2019 The consul seems weirdly eager to help someone so distinguished. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "The Waiting Rooms of History," 7 Mar. 2019 Turkish investigators, who spent nine hours searching for clues inside the Saudi diplomatic premises on Monday and early Tuesday, were expected to extend their inspection to the Saudi consul’s residence on Tuesday. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Trump Lashes Out at Blaming Saudis for Journalist’s Disappearance," 16 Oct. 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. Washington Post, "Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won’t be easy," 22 June 2018 Oscar Padilla, the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix, said he was told by the boy’s father in a telephone interview that the two had been traveling from their home in Nentón, a village about 280 miles (450 kilometers) from Guatemala City. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies," 26 Dec. 2018 In reviewing the Cameroonians’ applications, the consul determined that the students were not able to meet the requirements of Section 214(b). Ronnie Polaneczky,, "Four Cameroonian teens are 'almost inconsolable' after being denied access to Philly basketball camp | Ronnie Polaneczky," 11 July 2018 Police put up barricades around the consul’s official residence Tuesday night. Jon Gambrell, The Seattle Times, "Pompeo lands in Turkey as probe into Khashoggi case heats up," 17 Oct. 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 How to pronounce consul (audio) \

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 How to pronounce consul (audio) \

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 How to pronounce consular (audio) \ adjective
consulship noun

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