noun am·bas·sa·dor \am-ˈba-sə-dər, əm-, im-, -ˌdr, -ˈbas-dər\

: the highest-ranking person who represents his or her own government while living in another country

Full Definition of AMBASSADOR

:  an official envoy; especially :  a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment
a :  an authorized representative or messenger
b :  an unofficial representative <traveling abroad as ambassadors of goodwill>
am·bas·sa·do·ri·al \-ˌba-sə-ˈdr-ē-əl\ adjective
am·bas·sa·dor·ship \-ˈba-sə-dər-ˌship\ noun

Examples of AMBASSADOR

  1. Embassy officials met with the ambassador.
  2. <a beloved entertainer who has often been sent abroad by the president as his country's goodwill ambassador>


Middle English ambassadour, from Anglo-French ambassateur, ultimately of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German ambaht service
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Foreign Functionary Terms

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AMBASSADORIAL Defined for Kids


noun am·bas·sa·dor \am-ˈba-sə-dər\

Definition of AMBASSADOR for Kids

:  a person sent as the chief representative of his or her government in another country
am·bas·sa·dor·ship \-ˌship\ noun


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