agent-gen·​er·​al ˈā-jənt-ˈjen-rəl How to pronounce agent-general (audio)
plural agents-general
: a chief agent
specifically : the representative in England of a British dominion

Word History

First Known Use

1669, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agent-general was in 1669

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Cite this Entry

“Agent-general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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