Definitions for Consulˈkɒn səl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•sulˈkɒn səl(n.)

  1. an official appointed by the government of a country to look after its commercial interests and the welfare of its citizens in another country.

    Category: Government

  2. either of the two chief magistrates of the ancient Roman republic.

    Category: Ancient History

  3. one of the three supreme magistrates of the French First Republic from 1799 to 1804.

    Category: Western History

Origin of consul:

1350–1400; ME < L; taken to be a der. of consulere to consult , but orig. and interrelationship of both words is unclear


Princeton's WordNet

  1. consul(noun)

    a diplomat appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. consul(noun)ˈkɒn səl

    an official representative of a country working to help its citizens in a foreign city

    ***the American Consul in London


  1. consul(Noun)

    An official residing in a foreign country in order to protect the interests of citizens from his or her nation.

  2. consul(Noun)

    Either of the two highest-ranking officials of the Roman Republic.

  3. Origin: From consul.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consul(noun)

    one of the two chief magistrates of the republic

  2. Consul(noun)

    a senator; a counselor

  3. Consul(noun)

    one of the three chief magistrates of France from 1799 to 1804, who were called, respectively, first, second, and third consul

  4. Consul(noun)

    an official commissioned to reside in some foreign country, to care for the commercial interests of the citizens of the appointing government, and to protect its seamen


  1. Consul

    Consul was the highest elected office of the Roman Republic and an appointive office under the Empire. The title was also used in other city states and also revived in modern states, notably in the First French Republic. The relating adjective is consular, from the Latin consularis.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Consul

    (1) one of the two magistrates of Rome elected annually after the expulsion of the kings, and invested with regal power; (2) a chief magistrate of the French Republic from 1799 to 1804; (3) one commissioned to protect, especially the mercantile rights of the subjects of a State in foreign country.

Translations for Consul

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an agent who looks after his country's residents in (part of) a foreign country

the British Consul in Berlin.

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