Definition of consul in English:


Syllabification: con·sul
Pronunciation: /ˈkänsəl


  • 2(In ancient Rome) one of the two annually elected chief magistrates who jointly ruled the republic.
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    • 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.
    • Elected consul for 205, Scipio wanted to carry the war to Africa.
  • 2.1Any of the three chief magistrates of the first French republic (1799–1804).
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈkäns(y)ələr/
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  • They can do so in diplomatic and consular missions and other places established according to the country's laws.
  • Today, a Foreign Office spokesman said consular staff had spoken to Mr Rugless, who only suffered minor injuries.
  • The Foreign Office and consular officials were trying to establish whether any more Britons had been caught in the blaze.


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  • For while Cicero claimed his consulship in 63 B.C., only 14 years later Julius Caesar would cross the Rubicon with his legions.
  • There was then a gap of 12 years - he was posted to New Delhi - before he returned to take up the consulship in 1999.
  • The casual, almost formulaic, reference to the fact that this was Galba's second consulship certainly prompts a reader to wonder about his first.


late Middle English (denoting an ancient Roman magistrate): from Latin, related to consulere 'take counsel'.

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