(noun) a diplomat appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country
Source: WordNet® 3.1
consul (plural consuls)
(historical) Either of the two heads of government and state of the Roman Republic or the equivalent nominal post under the Roman and Byzantine Empires.
(historical) Any of the three heads of government and state of France between 1799 and 1804.
(obsolete) A count or earl.
(obsolete) A councillor, particularly:
(historical) A member of early modern city councils in southern France and Catalonia.
(historical) An officer of the trading and merchant companies of early modern England.
(historical) An official in various early modern port and trading towns, elected by resident foreign merchants to settle disputes among themselves and to represent them to the local authorities.
(by extension) An official residing in major foreign towns to represent and protect the interests of the merchants and citizens of his or her country.
(obsolete) A counsellor.
• (count): See count
• (councillor): See councillor
• (early modern councilmen of southern France and Catalonia): capitoul (Toulouse)
• (counsellor): See counsellor
• UNCLOS, clonus, cluons
Con"sul, n. Etym: [L., prob. fr. consulere to deliberate. See
1. (Rom. Antiq.)
Definition: One of the two chief magistrates of the republic.
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.)
Definition: One of the three chief magistrates of France from 1799 to 1804,
who were called, respectively, first, second, and third consul.
4. An official comissioned to reside in some foreign country, to care
for the commercial interests of the citizens of the appointing
government, and to protect its seamen. Consul general, a consul of
the first rank, stationed in an important place, or having
jurisdiction in several places or over several consula.
– Vice consul, a consular officer holding the place of a consul
during the consul's absence or after he has been relieved.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition