con·​sul·​ate | \ ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)lət How to pronounce consulate (audio) \

Definition of consulate

1 : a government by consuls
2 : the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of a consul
3 : the residence or official premises of a consul

Examples of consulate in a Sentence

the Russian consulate in Washington, D.C.

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Two days later, amid anti-Iranian protests in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, unknown militants fired three rockets that hit relatively close to the U.S. consulate, but caused no serious damage. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "White House Sought Options to Strike Iran," 13 Jan. 2019 By 2003, when greater security was required, the consulate was relocated, and Soho House acquired it on a long-term lease in 2014, building a stylish modern facility next door for the guest bedrooms. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Attends Serdar Gülgün’s Opulent Ottoman Ball in Istanbul," 4 Feb. 2019 Multiple reports indicate that MBS, who had been heralded as a liberalizing force in the country and praised by Western leaders and media, authorized a team to go to Istanbul to murder the journalist inside the consulate and dismember his body. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Time’s 2018 Person of the Year is Jamal Khashoggi and other “Guardians” of the truth," 11 Dec. 2018 The father remains in El Paso and is in contact with the Guatemalan consulate, the agency said. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Guatemalan Girl Dies While in U.S. Custody," 14 Dec. 2018 The journalist entered the Saudi consulate, located in Istanbul, on October 2. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Has Disappeared at a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul," 18 Oct. 2018 The Legation building, in the heart of the city’s ancient medina, was gifted to the States by Sultan Moulay Sulemin in 1821 and housed the legation and consulate for 140 years. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "An Exhibition in Tangier Pays Tribute to Design World Darling Charles Sevigny," 3 Aug. 2018 At least eight of the evacuated were from there, but one employee was from the consulate in Shanghai, and two were from the embassy in Beijing, the Times noted. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain injury, sound-attack fears spread in China as more Americans evacuated," 2 July 2018 Frustrated by the wait, hundreds of Haitian migrants in the Dominican town of Barahona marched to the local Haitian consulate earlier this week, denouncing corruption and indifference in the office over a backlog for passports. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "These Haitian kids need surgery in another country. Getting a passport is the hard part," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of consulate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of consulate

: the building where a consul lives and works


con·​sul·​ate | \ ˈkän-sə-lət How to pronounce consulate (audio) \

Legal Definition of consulate

1 : the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of a consul
2 : the residence or official premises of a consul

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