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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During this trip she is expected to spend two nights in New York, where Taiwan maintains a large unofficial consulate, and two nights on the return leg in Denver. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen warns against 'overseas forces' at beginning of US trip," 12 July 2019 This was ostensibly to notify foreign consulates that their citizens were detained, but the information was not obtained with informed consent and could be subject to a data breach, the report said. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Auditor: King County allowed ICE to access jail inmates’ personal information more than 1,000 times," 10 July 2019 That's despite the widespread international backlash since October over the killing of Saudi critic and writer Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents close to the crown prince in the kingdom's consulate in Turkey. Aya Batrawy,, "Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia," 3 July 2019 Earlier in the week, protesters ran a marathon circuit of foreign consulates, including those of the U.S., U.K., Japan and France, soliciting their backing in the push for greater political freedom in the city. Hillary Leung, Time, "Hong Kong Protesters Release a Video Appeal to World Leaders Meeting at the G20 Summit," 28 June 2019 Trump has been criticized for not confronting the Saudis over Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey last fall. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump: No comment on whether he will ask Saudis about Khashoggi killing," 28 June 2019 In the early 1990s, so many of Gulfstream’s guests were Finnish that the Finnish-American consulate kept an office at the hotel. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Historic Gulfstream Hotel goes up for sale," 25 June 2019 Mansoor Ismael, the consul general for the Yemeni consulate in San Francisco, recounted how Nasher came to the United States from a small village 15 years ago. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "More than 1,000 mourn loss of Pacifica man killed in Peninsula hills stabbing," 22 June 2019 The consulate found him attorneys, got the attention of reporters on both sides of the border and developed a relationship with DCFS leadership. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019

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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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