from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire.
- n. A high administrator in one of the modern colonial empires.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A magistrate who served as a consul and then as the governor of a province
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An officer who discharged the duties of a consul without being himself consul; a governor of, or a military commander in, a province. He was usually one who had previously been consul.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient Rome, an officer who discharged the duties and had, outside of Rome itself, most of the authority of a consul, without holding the office of consul.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an official in a modern colony who has considerable administrative power
- n. an anthropoid ape of the genus Proconsul
- n. a provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire
He said he supposed the proconsul was the friend of Caligula, who often visited Agrippa; and expressed a surmise that he himself might be exiled, or that perhaps his throat would be cut.
Florinus may have belonged to his suite, and Irenæus in after years might well call the proconsul's retinue, in
The proconsul was a prudent man, and he called for Barnabas and Saul and wished to hear the word of God.
The U.S. command has divided the world into several command sectors, each with their own powerful 'proconsul' protecting the rights of the empire .
Oakley, the special U.S. envoy to Somalia, became a kind of proconsul, alternately cajoling and threatening the factions in order to stop the fighting, deliver food to the hungry and start rebuilding a nation.
Trajan emphasized at once his personal control and the constitutionality of his sway, by bearing on his campaigns the actual title of "proconsul," which no other emperor had done.
[ Procurator] Over the senatorial provinces the senate appointed by lot yearly an officer, who was called "proconsul" and who exercised purely proconsul, civil functions.
The propriety of the title "proconsul" is in this still more critical.
'proconsul' and 'proprætor' was changed; for, whereas in republican times they signified that the provincial governors bearing them had previously held the offices of consul and prætor respectively at home, they were now employed to distinguish the superior power under which the provinces were administered without regard to the previous rank of the governors administering them.
'proconsul' of his/her country to the Kingdom of Cambodia.