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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Eventually, Paula died from complications due to a leg amputation, and the home closed as a consulate. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Miami's Most Haunted House Is for Sale for Nearly $5 Million," 13 June 2018 The Seattle consulate is being closed because of its proximity to submarine bases, as well as Boeing. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Trump orders expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats, closure of consulate in Seattle," 26 Mar. 2018 At least eight Americans associated with the consulate in Guangzhou have now been evacuated, according to one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "More Americans Evacuated From China Over Mysterious Ailments," 30 June 2018 That project, Missing in Arizona, is coordinating with a broader 2015 initiative developed by Border Patrol agents to connect undocumented families seeking a missing person with foreign consulates and other groups. Bob Ortega, CNN, "For families of vanished migrants, unidentified remains mean answers never come," 15 May 2018 On May 23, the State Department issued a health alert for China after revealing one employee of the Guangdzhou consulate had reported hearing strange noises and exhibiting symptoms of brain injury. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Mystery illness striking diplomats in China afflicts more victims," 6 June 2018 The closure of the Seattle consulate was announced last month amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "U.S. officials drill out locks at former Russian consul residence in Seattle’s Madison Park," 26 Apr. 2018 The Czech foreign ministry says the opening of the consulate and the Czech Cultural center in Jerusalem is the first step on the way of having its embassy in the capital of the host country. Fox News, "Czech Republic to move embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," 25 Apr. 2018 Although many in Washington have pointed to Russia as the possible culprit, reports of another recent incident at a U.S. consulate in China has complicated the issue. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "These Americans suffered severe neurological disorders in Cuba. Now they have a lawyer," 20 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 \

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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