Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. Either of the two chief magistrates of the Roman Republic, elected for a term of one year.
  • n. Any of the three chief magistrates of the French Republic from 1799 to 1804.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An official residing in a foreign country in order to protect the interests of citizens from his or her nation.
  • n. Either of the two highest-ranking officials of the Roman Republic.
  • n. One of the three chief magistrates of France from 1799 to 1804.
  • n. A senator; a counsellor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the two chief magistrates of the republic.
  • n. A senator; a counselor.
  • n. One of the three chief magistrates of France from 1799 to 1804, who were called, respectively, first, second, and third consul.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the two chief magistrates of the ancient Roman republic, annually chosen in the Campus Martius.
  • n. In French history, the title given to the three supreme magistrates of the French republic after the dissolution of the Directory in 1799.
  • n. In international law, an agent appointed and commissioned by a sovereign state to reside in a foreign city or town, to protect the interests of its citizens and commerce there, and to collect and forward information on industrial and economic matters. He does not usually represent his government as a diplomatic agent in any sense.
  • n. A senator of Venice.
  • n. Formerly, in southern France and Catalonia, a municipal magistrate.
  • n. Formerly, within the foreign colony or settlement of a town, the representative chief of the merchants and their intermediary with the local government.
  • n. A local representative of a cyclists' touring club.
  • To submit (an invoice) for certification to the consul of a country to which goods are consigned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Middle English, Roman consul, from Latin cōnsul; possibly akin to cōnsulere, to take counsel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cōnsul. (Wiktionary)

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  • A local representative of a cyclists' touring club. --from the definitions.

    January 21, 2013