Definition of consul
1a : either of two annually elected chief magistrates of the Roman republicb : 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
consularplay \ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)lər\ adjective
consulshipplay \ˈkän(t)-səl-ˌship\ noun
Recent Examples of consul from the Web
The screening event also included remarks by Guy Gilady, Israel's deputy consul general in Miami.
Zita Bencsik, consul general of the consulate general of Hungary in Chicago, welcomed attendees in person and via microphone.
Raul Otoniel Morazan, Honduras’ consul general in Veracruz, called in an interview with local media outlet e-veracruz.com for all levels of the Mexican government to get to the bottom of the killing.
Hong Lei, consul general of China to Chicago, visited with Zhang's family in Champaign on July 1 and spoke to university and police authorities about the case.
Hamburg is home to some 550 Chinese companies, the highest number in Europe, and boasts a Chinese consul.
Also present will be representatives of Cleveland's honorary consul for the Netherlands, and the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce.
Her first husband, Clarence Kuangson Young, was a diplomat who, in the late 1930s, was posted to Paris and then to Manila, as consul general to the Philippines.
There were also remarks by Guy Gilady, deputy consul general of Israel in Miami.
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Origin and Etymology of consul
Middle English, from Latin; perhaps akin to Latin consulere to consult
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CONSUL Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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