n. Abbr. Con. or Cons.
1. An official who is appointed by a government to reside in a foreign country and who represents the commercial interests of that government and assists that government's citizens in that foreign country. See Usage Note at council.
2. Either of the two chief magistrates of the Roman Republic, elected for a term of one year.
3. Any of the three chief magistrates of the French Republic from 1799 to 1804.
[Middle English, Roman consul, from Latin cōnsul; akin to possibly akin to cōnsulere, to take counsel.]
consu·lar (-sə-lər) adj.
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