The definition of a consul is a person who is appointed by a government to serve the citizens of that country in a foreign city.
An example of a consul is a United States official helping American citizens in Istanbul.
- either of the two chief magistrates of the ancient Roman republic
- one of the three highest officials of the French republic from 1799 to 1804
- a person appointed by a government to aid and serve its citizens and business interests in a foreign city
Origin of consulOld French from Classical Latin consulere, to deliberate, take counsel: see consult
nounAbbr. Con. or Cons.
- An official appointed by a government to reside in a foreign country and represent his or her government's commercial interests and assist its citizens there. See Usage Note at council.
- Either of the two chief magistrates of the Roman Republic, elected for a term of one year.
- Any of the three chief magistrates of the French Republic from 1799 to 1804.
Origin of consulMiddle English Roman consul from Latin cōnsul possibly akin to cōnsulere to take counsel
- An official residing in a foreign country in order to protect the interests of citizens from his or her nation.
- (historical) Either of the two highest-ranking officials of the Roman Republic.
- (historical) One of the three chief magistrates of France from 1799 to 1804.
- Bible, Job. iii. 14 (Douay version)
- With kings and consuls of the earth.
OriginSee also: cónsul
From Old French, from Latin cōnsul.