am·​bas·​sa·​dor | \ am-ˈba-sə-dər How to pronounce ambassador (audio) , əm-, im-, -ˌdȯr, -ˈbas-dər\

Definition of ambassador

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 She's the American ambassador to Italy.
2a : an authorized representative or messenger
b : an unofficial representative traveling abroad as ambassadors of goodwill

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Other Words from ambassador

ambassadorial \ -​ˌba-​sə-​ˈdȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce ambassadorial (audio) \ adjective
ambassadorship \ -​ˈba-​sə-​dər-​ˌship How to pronounce ambassadorship (audio) \ noun

Examples of ambassador in a Sentence

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

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The budget that goes before BART’s board next week features a patchwork of strategies to quell fare evasion: station ambassadors, higher railings, elevator attendants, outreach teams and 19 new police officers. Rachel Swan,, "BART ‘blitz’ on fare cheats gets results: More ticket sales, fewer police calls," 7 June 2019 And Phastar is training kayakers and paddlers as ambassadors, to carry radios and administering first aid, as needed. Laura Johnston,, "CMSD students start GoFundMe to pay for Cuyahoga River docking program along Flats East Bank," 4 June 2019 Hair Experts Celebrity stylist Andrew Fitzsimons is NatureLab Tokyo's brand ambassador, and the man responsible for the Kardashian family's super-glam locks. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Meet the Seventeen Beauty Awards Experts," 17 May 2019 In 2016, Meri became an ambassador for LulaRoe, the popular women's clothing brand. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "What Does Kody Brown From 'Sister Wives' Do for a Living?," 24 Mar. 2019 In both their personal and professional lives, Ouellette and Vandal have championed little-known and emerging creatives, acting as ambassadors for young talent, and then utilizing those works to elevate their own. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Montreal Couple Designed a Whole House Around the Art," 6 Feb. 2019 Reynolds first rose to the governor position in May 2017 when President Donald Trump tapped her boss, Terry Branstad, to become the US ambassador to China. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds wins first full term in Iowa," 7 Nov. 2018 The most telling test of Trump’s influence was in South Carolina, where McMaster — elevated to the state’s top office last year when Nikki Haley became U.N. ambassador — had seemed in jeopardy. Time, "Henry McMaster, Backed by President Trump, Wins South Carolina Governor Primary," 28 June 2018 Pablo became the first Latino ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation after being diagnosed at 36 and made her experience public as a way to help other women, encouraging self-check exams every month. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "TV Vet Clara Pablo Joins Walter Kolm Entertainment as SVP Marketing," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of ambassador

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ambassador

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

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English Language Learners Definition of ambassador

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


am·​bas·​sa·​dor | \ am-ˈba-sə-dər How to pronounce ambassador (audio) \

Kids Definition of ambassador

: a person sent as the chief representative of his or her government in another country

Other Words from ambassador

ambassadorship \ -​ˌship \ noun

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