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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The President indicates that Saudi Arabia is the lesser of two evils compared to Iran and so the U.S. won’t punish Saudi Arabia for the brutal killing and dismemberment of a dissident journalist in their consulate. Aaron Gregg, The Seattle Times, "Trump again uses arms sales to justify Saudi ties, dragging US defense contractors into an unwelcome debate," 20 Nov. 2018 Western military attaches posted to embassies and consulates in the Soviet Union often attended the parades and took pictures. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the CIA Watched Soviet Parades for New Military Tech," 19 Dec. 2018 To buy a home in Spain, all a foreigner needs is his or her passport, a Spanish bank account, and a foreigner’s identification number, which can be obtained at a Spanish embassy or consulate. Albion Land, WSJ, "If You’re Thinking About Retiring in Spain," 20 Nov. 2018 The countries’ relationship took a major hit during their separate investigations into the disappearance of journalist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, whom Saudi Arabia later admitted was murdered at its consulate in Istanbul. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: So what happens now?," 8 Nov. 2018 Turkish prosecutors have said Mr. Khashoggi was killed shortly after walking into the consulate and that his body was dismembered and destroyed. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Says Saudi Chemists Erased Evidence of Journalist’s Killing," 5 Nov. 2018 Leaked surveillance video shows that diplomatic cars traveled to the consul general’s home shortly after Khashoggi went into the consulate. Jon Gambrell, The Seattle Times, "Pompeo lands in Turkey as probe into Khashoggi case heats up," 17 Oct. 2018 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

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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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