The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Consul \Con"sul\ (k[o^]n"s[u^]l), n. [L., prob. fr. consulere to
deliberate. See Consult.]
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