con·​sul·​ar | \ ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce consular (audio) \

Definition of consular

: of, relating to, or of the nature of a consul or a consul's office or duties consular responsibilities A lot of his consular work involves issuing visas to Americans bound for the Alps—and Hitz happens to run a travel agency.— Hugh D. Menzies In Cicero's day, consular hopefuls behaved as politicians always have and forever will.— Lionel Casson

Examples of consular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Following the drawdown of the embassy in 2017, consular services in Havana have been all but cut off for Cubans seeking visas to visit or emigrate to the United States. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Will US diplomats finally return to Havana, after a rash of mystery injuries?," 19 Feb. 2021 In a recent letter, Ismiraldha said her mother complained that consular officials have been unable to visit her for almost a year, likely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. James Griffiths, CNN, "Singaporean woman faces execution in China as family launches last desperate appeal," 24 Dec. 2020 This can be a driver's license, a passport or a consular ID. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "Step-by-step instructions on how to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana," 16 Jan. 2021 During the June raids Australian police accessed the communications of Chinese diplomats and named a Chinese consular official in a warrant, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported on Wednesday. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Australian lawmaker's adviser challenges interference law," 15 Sep. 2020 British officials have said that has hobbled what their consular staff can do to help. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "U.K. Says It Can’t Guarantee Assistance for Citizen Held in Iran," 29 Dec. 2020 Each man had been allowed regular visits from Canadian consular officials, though those were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Two Canadians Held in China Haven’t Been Tried, Contrary to Reports," 10 Dec. 2020 New guidance could go to consular officers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in a matter of days. Washington Post, "Undoing Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ could take minutes, but results could take months or years," 1 Dec. 2020 The deal fell apart when Turkey temporarily closed its consular services and canceled fights due to the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "Born into occupation, young Afghans fear the Taliban will crush their freedoms when U.S. troops exit," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of consular

1533, in the meaning defined above

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“Consular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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