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 Between October 2011 and July 2012, State deployed, on temporary duty, 220 consular officers to Brazil (a 253% increase over the number of temporary officers sent the previous fiscal year) and 48 officers to China (a 60% increase). Stuart Anderson, Forbes, "The State Department Can Act To Reduce Visa Delays," 19 Apr. 2021 Before the French consular official had mentioned the cause of death the morning of the casket sealing in Manhattan, Torres had known little about Enzo—only his name and age. Meg Bernhard, The New Yorker, "The Long Trip Home," 11 Apr. 2021 The State Department continues to emphasize that the safety of citizens abroad is one of its highest priorities, and consular officials in Moscow continue to communicate with Reed and his family, said spokeswoman Nicole Thompson. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Parents of former Texas Marine stuck in Putin’s gulag fear US-Russia tensions could cost his best years," 25 Mar. 2021 Both have remained in custody with limited access to visits by Canadian consular officials. Jim Morris, Star Tribune, "Justice lawyer says it was OK to border screen Huawei exec," 24 Mar. 2021 In contrast, Meng has had dozens of hearings open to the public, the media and Chinese consular officials, as prescribed by Canadian law. Paula Newton, CNN, "'Be relentless': What it will take to free two Canadians detained in China," 23 Mar. 2021 While consular officers keep working to confirm victims’ names, special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement began piecing together how 25 adults came to be crammed into a vehicle meant for no more than eight. Dara Lind, ProPublica, "What the Horrific Crash on the Border Says About U.S. Immigration Policy," 4 Mar. 2021 In the past, U.S. immigration officials had to wait for a consular officer to interview immigrants and verify their citizenship before putting them on planes and sending them home. Washington Post, "Deportations of migrant families spiked in 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Canada said its consular officials were refused permission to attend the proceedings against Michael Spavor, who is accused by China of stealing state secrets. NBC News, "Canadian tried in China on spy charges, no verdict announced," 19 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'consular.' 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 consular

1533, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about consular

Time Traveler for consular

Time Traveler

The first known use of consular was in 1533

See more words from the same year

Statistics for consular

Last Updated

27 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Consular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on consular

Nglish: Translation of consular for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of consular for Arabic Speakers

Comments on consular

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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