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ambassador

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

Simple Definition of ambassador

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

Full Definition of ambassador

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 a :  an authorized representative or messenger b :  an unofficial representative <traveling abroad as ambassadors of goodwill>

am·bas·sa·do·ri·alplay \-ˌba-sə-ˈdȯr-ē-əl\ adjective
am·bas·sa·dor·shipplay \-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>



Origin of ambassador

Middle English ambassadour, from Anglo-French ambassateur, ultimately of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German ambaht service


First Known Use: 14th century

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