am·bas·sa·dor | \ am-ˈba-sə-dər , 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 \ adjective
ambassadorship \-ˈba-sə-dər-ˌship \ 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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Branstad served as lieutenant governor during Ray’s tenure and was named by Trump as U.S. ambassador to China. Washington Post, "Former Iowa Gov. Ray’s legacy contrasts with modern GOP," 13 July 2018 Model Ashley Graham, a longtime collaborator of Marina Rinaldi will serve as ambassador. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "Ashley Graham Is the Face of This New Sexy, Colorful Collaboration," 9 July 2018 Advocates for considering legacy status argue that favoring the children—and, in some cases, grandchildren—of graduates helps maintain an engaged and generous alumni base and lets students serve as ambassadors to new campus arrivals. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "How Much Does Being a Legacy Help Your College Admissions Odds?," 9 July 2018 Melville is a senior U.S. career diplomat who has served as the American ambassador in the Baltic nation and NATO member of Estonia since 2015. CBS News, "U.S. ambassador to Estonia says he's resigning over Trump comments," 30 June 2018 Melville has served as the American ambassador in the Baltic nation and NATO member of Estonia since 2015. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "U.S. envoy to Estonia says he has resigned, citing Trump's treatment of European allies," 30 June 2018 Murphy served as ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013 and has been a public supporter of their national soccer team during this year’s World Cup. Max Cohen,, "Christie celebrates Germany's World Cup exit - and possibly mocks Gov. Murphy," 28 June 2018 The vote tested the heft of Trump’s endorsement in South Carolina, where McMaster, 71, was elevated to the governorship he’d long sought early last year following the departure of Nikki Haley to serve as U.N. ambassador. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "S.Carolina Gov. McMaster, a Trump supporter, wins GOP runoff," 26 June 2018 Trump’s tweet on car tariffs comes as U.S. ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell is in Washington this week seeking a deal on auto levies. Fortune, "President Trump Threatens to Impose 20% Tariff on European Cars," 22 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 \

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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