consul

noun
con·​sul | \ ˈkän(t)-səl How to pronounce consul (audio) \

Definition of consul

1a : either of two annually elected chief magistrates of the Roman republic
b : one of three chief magistrates of the French republic from 1799 to 1804
2 : an official appointed by a government to reside in a foreign country to represent the commercial interests of citizens of the appointing country the American consul in Rome

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Other Words from consul

consulship \ ˈkän(t)-​səl-​ˌship How to pronounce consul (audio) \ noun

Examples of consul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web South Korea’s consulate in Atlanta dispatched a consul to the site, according to a ministry statement. Washington Post, "Suspect charged with killing 8 in Atlanta-area shootings that targeted Asian-run spas," 17 Mar. 2021 It was sponsored by the honorary consul of the Republic of Senegal. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Latest from Mormon Land: Year’s missionary deaths reach five; U. to honor Russell Nelson; women’s education touted," 11 Mar. 2021 Joakim Ladeborn, deputy consul of the Swedish embassy in Hong Kong, told CNN on Tuesday that the EU was concerned with how the national security law has been implemented in Hong Kong. Eric Cheung And Cnn Staff, CNN, "Hong Kong court grants bail to 15 of 47 pro-democracy activists in landmark national security hearing," 4 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, the British consul in New York, Edward Archibald, was also stumped. John Harris, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a Cuban Spy Sabotaged New York’s Thriving Illicit Slave Trade," 8 Mar. 2021 After the country’s consul contacted the bar in 2013 for advice about setting up a regulatory system for attorneys, Dunn decided to travel there. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, "Vegas parties, celebrities and boozy lunches: How legal titan Tom Girardi seduced the State Bar," 6 Mar. 2021 South Korea’s Consulate General in Atlanta dispatched a consul to the site, according to a Ministry statement. Washington Post, "Live updates Eight killed in Atlanta-area spa shootings; authorities say suspect might have frequented businesses," 17 Mar. 2021 As first consul, Napoleon created the French legal code, the Bank of France, the administrative system of préfets, high-school lycées, the légion d’honneur and much more. The Economist, "Despot, genius or both? France argues about Napoleon," 6 Mar. 2021 The Sennas have to use their connections to the Italian consul to cut through the tangle of red tape and get what remains of Pianon shipped back to his family tomb, in the hills above Verona. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of consul

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for consul

Middle English, from Latin; perhaps akin to Latin consulere to consult

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The first known use of consul was in the 14th century

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“Consul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consul. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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consul

noun

English Language Learners Definition of consul

: a government official whose job is to live in a foreign country and protect and help the citizens of his or her own country who are traveling, living, or doing business there
: either one of two chief officials of the ancient Roman republic who were elected every year

consul

noun
con·​sul | \ ˈkän-səl How to pronounce consul (audio) \

Kids Definition of consul

: an official appointed by a government to live in a foreign country in order to look after the commercial interests of citizens of the appointing country

consul

noun
con·​sul | \ ˈkän-səl How to pronounce consul (audio) \

Legal Definition of consul

: an official appointed by a government to reside in a foreign country in order to represent the commercial interests of citizens of the appointing country

Other Words from consul

consular \ -​sə-​lər How to pronounce consul (audio) \ adjective
consulship noun

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