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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Darek Barcikowski, the honorary consul of Poland in Connecticut, posted news of the visit on Facebook at mid-day Wednesday. Don Stacom,, "President of Poland expected to visit New Britain this month," 11 Sep. 2019 South Korea's Foreign Ministry sent a consul from the Consulate General in Atlanta to the scene of the accident to determine the status of the crew rescue and provide consular assistance to South Korean crew members who were already rescued. Natasha Chen, CNN, "4 crew members are still missing 24 hours after a cargo ship overturned off the Georgia coast," 9 Sep. 2019 In 1890, the U.S. consul to Chile donated the mummy of an 8-year-old Inca girl to the Michigan State University Museum. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Bolivia," 22 Aug. 2019 Returning to France, Napoleon took part in a coup against the government and then became first consul in February 1800. National Geographic, "Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo—here’s what went wrong," 15 Aug. 2019 But authorities in the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, where Carvajal was serving as Venezuela’s consul, refused to extradite him under intense pressure from Maduro. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant," 13 Apr. 2019 Roman splendor Thamugadi lay largely forgotten in the desert sands until 1875, when it was visited by Robert Lambert Playfair, Britain’s consul in Algiers. Rubén Montoya, National Geographic, "The Sahara buried this ancient Roman city—preserving it for centuries," 30 July 2019 Three weeks later, he was welcomed by the British consul in St Petersburg, then the Russian capital. Anu Kumar, Quartz India, "An 18th-century British merchant’s account of how the empire ruled India," 26 July 2019 Despite his uneven military record in Egypt, Napoleon returned to France a hero, and was proclaimed first consul of the French Republic. National Geographic, "How Beethoven went from Napoleon’s biggest fan to his worst critic," 24 Apr. 2019

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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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