con·sul·ate | \ ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)lət \

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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The next day, however, Lourdes spoke by phone with an official from the Guatemalan consulate in Tucson, who explained a much different scenario. Daniel González, azcentral, "The U.S. deported this mother to Guatemala. It kept her 6-year-old son.," 2 July 2018 Saudi Arabia is putting the finishing touches on a consulate in Basra’s Sheraton hotel, where Iraqi crooners sing love songs and waiters dance. The Economist, "Return of the kingdomSaudi Arabia’s use of soft power in Iraq is making Iran nervous," 8 Mar. 2018 But internet access to the consulate was severely restricted the next day. The Economist, "Xi’s world order: July 2024," 7 July 2018 Applicants must now travel to U.S. consulates in third countries. Sarah Moreno, miamiherald, "Cuban immigrants are no longer 'privileged' in the United States | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 The comic closes with Russian forces advancing menacingly on a U.S. consulate. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Uses Cyberweapons to Overwhelm U.S. Tanks—In This Comic Book," 5 Apr. 2018 The back of the form asked the finder to record the date and location of the find and then return the form to the German Naval Observatory in Hamburg or to the nearest German consulate. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Science in a bottle: 132-year-old experiment washed ashore in Australia," 7 Mar. 2018 Lawyers verified the birth certificate with the Guatemalan consulate and obtained photos of the two together from his family in Guatemala. Kristina Davis,, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 In April, Czech President Milos Zeman said his country would open a consulate and cultural center in Jerusalem. Ariel Kahana, Jewish Journal, "Slovakia declares it will move its embassy to Jerusalem," 5 July 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 \

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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