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.
Recent Examples on the Web After submitting their full application, they can only be interviewed at the nearest U.S. consulate once the federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. Dara Lind, ProPublica, 27 Aug. 2021 As Minority Leader in 2014, Mrs. Pelosi was allowed to choose her members for the House Select Committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 July 2021 There have been no U.S. forces or diplomats based south of Baghdad since the U.S. closed its consulate in the city of Basra three years ago, citing Iranian threats. New York Times, 4 June 2021 The group is best known for lengthy legal battles seeking information about Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Clinton Foundation and the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2021 For reasons unclear, the three Nalus brothers cannot just drive 90 minutes to the Dominican consulate in Miami to check in. al, 31 Aug. 2021 For many years, Akiko Bourland provided ikebana arrangements on a regular basis to the consulate of Japan in San Diego and Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden, which hosted many of her demonstrations. Beth Wood Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2021 Then, in mid 2018, some 11 American diplomats and security officers based in China, most assigned to the U.S. consulate in the city of Guangzhou, were evacuated after developing the same symptoms that had been reported in Havana. Néstor T. Carbonell, National Review, 11 May 2021 Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who had written critically of Mohammed bin Salman, was killed by Saudi officials in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Matthew Lee, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of consulate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Consulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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