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consul

[kon-suh l] /ˈkɒn səl/
noun
1.
an official appointed by the government of one country to look after its commercial interests and the welfare of its citizens in another country.
2.
either of the two chief magistrates of the ancient Roman republic.
3.
French History. one of the three supreme magistrates of the First Republic during the period 1799–1804.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin; traditionally taken to be a derivative of consulere to consult, but orig. and interrelationship of both words is unclear
Related forms
consular, adjective
consulship, noun
nonconsular, adjective
subconsul, noun
subconsular, adjective
subconsulship, noun
Can be confused
consul, council, counsel (see usage note at council)
Usage note
See council.
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Examples from the web for consular
  • consular offices will be opened across the country to replace military bases.
  • E-mail the consular for the price of the application fees.
  • Visit your local post office or bank to obtain a money order for the consular fee.
  • While his application was approved by the immigration department, he still needs to go through consular interviews.
  • The obligations of consular notification and access are not codified in any federal statute.
British Dictionary definitions for consular

consul

/ˈkɒnsəl/
noun
1.
an official appointed by a sovereign state to protect its commercial interests and aid its citizens in a foreign city
2.
(in ancient Rome) either of two annually elected magistrates who jointly exercised the highest authority in the republic
3.
(in France from 1799 to 1804) any of the three chief magistrates of the First Republic
Derived Forms
consular (ˈkɒnsjʊlə) adjective
consulship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, from consulere to consult
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Word Origin and History for consular
adj.

early 15c., from Latin consularis, from consul (see consul).

consul

n.

late 14c., "magistrate in ancient Rome," from Old French consule and directly from Latin consul "magistrate in ancient Rome," probably originally "one who consults the Senate," from consulere "to deliberate, take counsel" (see consultation).

Modern sense began with use as appellation of various foreign officials and magistrates, "a representative chosen by a community of merchants living in a foreign country; an agent appointed by a government or ruler to represent the interests of its subjects and traders in a foreign place" (c.1600), an extended sense that developed 13c. in the Spanish form of the word.

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