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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Piqueras, who also oversees the Pisco restaurant in Carlsbad, is the culinary ambassador for his native country’s cooking and is known throughout Latin America for his work on the popular food TV show Sabor y Fusión. Michele Parente,, "3 Peruvian powerhouses are throwing quite the birthday party for Pisco Liberty Station," 13 July 2018 Rihanna was named Puma’s global ambassador for women’s training and serves as Puma women’s creative director, with her Fenty collection becoming one of the most popular items to release within the brand's past decade. Jarrel Harris,, "Can Puma Carve Out Space in the Basketball Sneaker Business?," 27 June 2018 There're some great body positivity ambassadors in the fashion world as well as some great wellness advocates (and there’s always room for more), but there’s a middle that isn't represented. Bridget Malcolm, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bridget Malcolm Wants You to Know How Hard Models Work for Their Lean Bodies," 20 June 2018 This is according to Fine Gael Sen. Catherine Noone, who met Markle during a garden party at the U.K. ambassador’s home in Dublin., "Meghan Markle Breaks Royal Protocol By Speaking About Ireland's Abortion Vote," 11 July 2018 Héctor Vasconcelos, a long-standing supporter of AMLO, was briefly ambassador to Denmark. The Economist, "What AMLO portends for Latin America," 5 July 2018 Princess Eugenie of York and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank, the U.K. ambassador for George Clooney and Rande Gerber's tequila brand, Casamigos, have been together for about seven years. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Relationship," 2 July 2018 Schatz said lawmakers discussed the radar with the previous commander of US forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, who recently retired and has been nominated to be the US ambassador to South Korea. Audrey Mcavoy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Despite deal with North Korea, US prepares missile defense system," 27 June 2018 Trump essentially made McMaster governor by appointing his predecessor, Nikki Haley, to be ambassador to the United Nations. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump stumps for South Carolina governor; talks about himself," 25 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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