Definition of consul in US English:

consul

noun

  • 1An official appointed by a government to live in a foreign city and protect and promote the government's citizens and interests there.

    ‘the British consul in Israel’
    • ‘A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: ‘The consul visited the baby today and he is very well.’’
    • ‘In contrast, Bremen and Hamburg received low-level consuls, mostly merchants interested in enhancing their own individual economic interests.’
    • ‘The honour for Fletcher officially came just hours after the consul's office in the city was closed down.’
    • ‘British consul Donald Holder likes the city, too.’
    • ‘The US citizen, Komarovsky, was handed over to an American consul in Ashgabat on 24 April 2003 for deportation to the United States.’
    • ‘The top military leadership position is the Minister of Defense, who is appointed by a consul, the head of the Valtavech government.’
    • ‘When the receptionist, an English-speaking woman, opened her window I went up to her to inform her that I was not a visa applicant but had an appointment with the consul.’
    • ‘They improved their economic situation under the protection of European consuls, displacing the Jews from international commerce and financial business.’
    • ‘They refused to acknowledge the declaration of war, responded to demands from Beijing for troops with merely token forces, and negotiated a ‘business as usual’ arrangement with the foreign consuls.’
    • ‘While everyone's attention has been focused on the election results, the Foreign Office has been quietly kicking the UK consul in Romania.’
    • ‘Rumors of corruption and controversies with foreign consuls caused him to be recalled in December.’
    • ‘Estonia and Scotland have strong links and, on the eve of Estonia's accession to the European Union, the country has recently appointed an honorary consul in Scotland.’
    • ‘Appointed a Chilean consul, Neruda went first to Barcelona and then to Madrid in 1935.’
    • ‘A host of local dignitaries presented bouquets of flowers to Rewat Thongprada, the honorary consul appointed by the Kazakhstan ministry of foreign affairs.’
    • ‘It was left to the British consul to defend their interests in a rare burst of civic solidarity!’
    • ‘Detective Chief Inspector Steve Brunskill said this particularly complicated case was made easier by excellent co-operation between Lancashire Police, the Chinese officers and the Chinese consul.’
    • ‘Federal officials and foreign consuls indicated their respect for the former president partly by lowering their flags to half-mast.’
    • ‘Foreign officials and consuls formed a special clique in the years of the late Qing Dynasty.’
    • ‘It is basically a chance for the various consuls from around the world to meet and compare notes.’
    • ‘Athy Town Council chairperson and Special Olympics Committee chairperson, Mark Dalton said he was honoured to welcome the ambassador and his consul.’
    ambassador, diplomat, chargé d'affaires, attaché, envoy, emissary, plenipotentiary, consul general
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  • 2(in ancient Rome) one of the two annually elected chief magistrates who jointly ruled the republic.

    • ‘They have taken to heart, perhaps overly so, lessons from the ancient Roman Republic, where the consuls were to serve for no more than a single year.’
    • ‘It is on the site of the Laterani family palace, seized by the emperor Nero when a consul of that ancient family was accused of treason.’
    • ‘It is dated by the name of the consul serving in Rome under Trajan in AD 98.’
    • ‘In 205, Scipio ran for consul on the platform that he could defeat Carthage and bring the long war to a close.’
    • ‘A spokesman stepped forward to offer a compromise: Octavian would remain consul, but a second consul would be elected annually, as of old, so that he could share the burden.’
    • ‘In place of the monarchy they set up a republic with power vested in a senate and two annually elected consuls.’
    • ‘Even monarchy, which was replaced by two consuls jointly holding the imperium of the royal office, retained a vestigial presence in the form of a religious official called the rex sacrorum.’
    • ‘The Assembly of Centuries (comitia centuriata), which conducted annual elections of consuls, was composed of all members of the army.’
    • ‘Like the ‘Centuriata ‘it was convened by consuls or praetors and became the main legislative body and elected most of the lower magistrates.’’
    • ‘They used bribery to get him elected consul for 59 (this pact is known as the ‘first triumvirate’ - a term without ancient authority).’
    • ‘So, in 216, once again Roman consuls led Roman armies against Hannibal.’
    • ‘In fact, they argued so vociferously, over everything from the dates of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah to those of the consuls of ancient Rome, that their quarrels became proverbial.’
    • ‘After his return from a successful year administrating Spain Caesar was elected consul for 59 BC through political alliance with Pompey and Crassus.’
    • ‘So the Senate sent both consuls north to meet the Carthaginian.’
    • ‘Furious, he drove both consuls and the Senate from Rome.’
    • ‘Returning to Rome, Marius was elected consul for five years consecutively and given command against the migrating Cimbri and Teutones, who had inflicted a series of defeats on the Romans and were threatening Italy.’
    • ‘Together Pompey, Crassus and Caesar succeed in getting Caesar elected consul and in passing legislation that mainly benefited them.’
    • ‘Elected consul for 205, Scipio wanted to carry the war to Africa.’
    • ‘The campaign worked, and he was elected consul for 108.’
    • ‘Cicero and Antonius were elected consuls, and Catiline, secretly encouraged by Caesar and Crassus, prepared for a rising.’
    1. 2.1 Any of the three chief magistrates of the first French republic (1799–1804).
      • ‘In 1801, while still first consul, he signed a concordat with the Catholic Church.’
      • ‘The second and third consuls offer a good example of the consular ralliement: Cambacérès was a regicide, while Lebrun was a royal servant under the Ancien Régime.’
      • ‘The Constitution of the Year VIII provided for three consuls, with a First Consul, elected for ten years, having power to override the other two.’
      • ‘Its leaders included Napoleon Bonaparte, who served as First Consul from 1799 to 1804, when he ended the republic by declaring himself Emperor Napoleon I.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting an ancient Roman magistrate): from Latin, related to consulere ‘take counsel’.

Pronunciation

consul

/ˈkänsəl//ˈkɑnsəl/