What does the word consul mean?

Usage examples for consul

  1. July 1.- Some months ago, thinking it might be useful, I obtained from the consul of my birthplace, by sending to another town, a passport for foreign parts. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  2. I had brought letters to the consul- general, and to several residents in Alexandria, who immediately paid me visits at our hotel. – Notes of an Overland Journey Through France and Egypt to Bombay by Miss Emma Roberts