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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from consul

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

Examples of consul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The hat is one of about 120 two-cornered military dress hats that Napoleon was said to have worn during his rule between 1799 and 1815, as first consul and then emperor, minus a period of exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, "Napoleon’s Hat, Dropped at Waterloo, Is Picked Up at Auction for $400,000," 18 June 2018 Reuters fell for a fake news story about the firing of a Saudi general consul. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook hired a new public defender, and he should start with WhatsApp," 20 Oct. 2018 Outraged and sympathetic comments poured in and word reached Salvadoran government officials in El Salvador and the Chicago consul’s office. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "Deported parents may lose their kids to adoption," 9 Oct. 2018 There was no sign of any bruising, even though Jill was stripped of her honorary consul title and is no longer allowed through the checkpoints leading into MacDill. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "The Bizarre Scandal That Brought Down General David Petraeus," 29 Nov. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'consul.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about consul

Statistics for consul

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for consul

The first known use of consul was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for consul



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on consul

Spanish Central: Translation of consul

Nglish: Translation of consul for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of consul for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about consul

Comments on consul

What made you want to look up consul? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


using a distributed computer network

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!