proconsul

noun
pro·​con·​sul | \ (ˌ)prō-ˈkän(t)-səl How to pronounce proconsul (audio) \

Definition of proconsul

1 : a governor or military commander of an ancient Roman province
2 : an administrator in a modern colony, dependency, or occupied area usually with wide powers

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Other Words from proconsul

proconsular \ (ˌ)prō-​ˈkän(t)-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce proconsular (audio) \ adjective
proconsulate \ (ˌ)prō-​ˈkän(t)-​s(ə-​)lət How to pronounce proconsulate (audio) \ noun
proconsulship \ (ˌ)prō-​ˈkän(t)-​səl-​ˌship How to pronounce proconsulship (audio) \ noun

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The Senate long forbade its proconsuls from commanding Rome’s legions outside of their respective jurisdictions—especially into Italy itself, where the Rubicon marked the legal and physical demarcation of senatorial power. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 Roman proconsul Gnaeus Egnatius built it in the first century B.C. to link the Adriatic with the Aegean Sea and the Bosporus. National Geographic, "10 ancient highways around the world," 3 Apr. 2019 The Senate long forbade its proconsuls from commanding Rome’s legions outside of their respective jurisdictions—especially into Italy itself, where the Rubicon marked the legal and physical demarcation of senatorial power. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 Roman proconsul Gnaeus Egnatius built it in the first century B.C. to link the Adriatic with the Aegean Sea and the Bosporus. National Geographic, "10 ancient highways around the world," 3 Apr. 2019 Chad Shelton’s energetic and vocally assured performance as the feckless Roman proconsul comes closest to breaking through Monastyrska’s august demeanor. Eric Skelly, Houston Chronicle, "Review: HGO’s ‘Norma’ is grand, but lead can’t ‘Let It Go’," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of proconsul

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proconsul

Middle English, from Latin, from pro consule for a consul

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