ambassador

noun
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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According to celebrity hairstylist and NatureLab Tokyo ambassador Andrew Fitzsimons, these sprays —when formulated well and used properly — give hair texture, separation, and a little lift. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Salt Sprays for All Hair Types," 8 Apr. 2019 In January, Bolsonaro’s vice president, retired army Gen. Hamilton Mourao met with Palestine’s ambassador to Brazil. Anna Jean Kaiser, The Seattle Times, "Brazil’s Bolsonaro visits Israel amid speculation on embassy," 29 Mar. 2019 In one case, American bacteriologist Ralph Wyckoff was sent to the United Kingdom, where the US ambassador set him up with a cutting-edge electron microscope. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cold War propaganda spread the myth that science isn’t political," 11 Dec. 2018 It’s crewed by alien researchers known as the Ynaa, and the novel follows Mera, a Ynaa ambassador, and her human assistant, Derrick. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the U.S. ambassador’s residence where Trump was staying on the outskirts of London, providing a preview of the forceful protests expected during his two-day British stay. BostonGlobe.com, "Trumps attend black-tie gala at UK’s Blenheim Palace," 12 July 2018 The Trumps will retire for the night at Winfield House, the U.S. ambassador’s residence in London’s Regent Park. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "In Britain, Trump will see castles and the queen and steer clear of protesters," 6 July 2018 Middleton is also a brand ambassador for the British Heart Foundation. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Looks Chic During a Rare Outing with Her Son Arthur," 1 Mar. 2019 Half have generated no income for years — four decades in the case of the crepitating Prokesch van Osten house, built for Austria’s ambassador in 1837 and later used as a music school. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Life, and value, for derelict Greek properties," 10 July 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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ambassador

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ambassador

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

ambassador

noun
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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