Consul definition

kŏnsəl
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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.

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An official residing in a foreign country in order to protect the interests of citizens from his or her nation.
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(historical) Either of the two highest-ranking officials of the Roman Republic.
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(historical) One of the three chief magistrates of France from 1799 to 1804.
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A person appointed by a government to aid and serve its citizens and business interests in a foreign city.
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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.
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Either of the two chief magistrates of the Roman Republic, elected for a term of one year.
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Bible, Job. iii. 14 (Douay version)

With kings and consuls of the earth.

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Any of the three chief magistrates of the French Republic from 1799 to 1804.
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Either of the two chief magistrates of the ancient Roman republic.
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One of the three highest officials of the French republic from 1799 to 1804
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
consul
Plural:
consuls

Origin of consul

  • Middle English Roman consul from Latin cōnsul possibly akin to cōnsulere to take counsel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French, from Latin cōnsul.

    From Wiktionary