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Meaning of CONSUL

Pronunciation:  'kânsul

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 Definition: [n]  a diplomat appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country
 See Also: diplomat, diplomatist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con"sul\, n. [L., prob. fr. consulere to deliberate. See
1. (Rom. Antiq.) One of the two chief magistrates of the

Note: They were chosen annually, originally from the
      patricians only, but later from the plebeians also.

2. A senator; a counselor. [Obs.]

         Many of the consuls, raised and met, Are at the
         duke's already.                       --Shak.

         With kings and consuls of the earth.  --Job. iii. 14
                                               (Douay Ver. )

3. (Fr. Hist.) One of the three chief magistrates of France
   from 1799 to 1804, who were called, respectively, first,
   second, and third consul.

4. 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

{Consul general}, a consul of the first rank, stationed in an
   important place, or having jurisdiction in several places
   or over several consuls.

{Vice consul}, a consular officer holding the place of a
   consul during the consul's absence or after he has been

Computing Dictionary

A constraint-based language with lisp-like syntax.

["Consul: A Parallel Constraint Language", D. Baldwin, IEEE Software 6(4):62-71].

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