- 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: Old French ; from Classical Latin consulere, to deliberate, take counsel: see consult
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noun Abbr. 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: Middle English, Roman consul, from Latin cōnsul; possibly akin to cōnsulere, to take counsel.
- conˈsu·lar adjective
- conˈsul·shipˌ noun