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chargé d'affaires

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noun char·gé d'af·faires \(ˌ)shär-ˌzhā-də-ˈfer\

Simple Definition of chargé d'affaires

  • : a person who takes the place of an ambassador when the ambassador is away

  • : a person with a lower rank than an ambassador who works as a diplomat in countries where no ambassador is assigned

Full Definition of chargé d'affaires

plural chargés d'affaires \-ˌzhā-də-, -ˌzhāz-də-\

  1. 1 :  a subordinate diplomat who substitutes for an absent ambassador or minister

  2. 2 :  a diplomat inferior in rank to an ambassador or minister who heads a mission when no ambassador or minister is assigned

Origin of chargé d'affaires

French, literally, one charged with affairs


First Known Use: 1767


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