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 (C14: from Latin, from consulere to consult)
n pl , consuls general a consul of the highest grade, usually stationed in a city of considerable commercial importance
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