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 \ am-​ˌba-​sə-​ˈdȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce ambassadorial (audio) , əm-​ , im-​ \ adjective
ambassadorship \ am-​ˈba-​sə-​dər-​ˌship How to pronounce ambassadorship (audio) , əm-​ , im-​ , -​ˌdȯr-​ , -​ˈbas-​dər-​ \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Somehow, in the middle of all that, she's found time to partner with Neutrogena as an ambassador for the brand's Bright Boost line. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Ashley Tisdale Doesn’t Regret Her 2000s Beauty Choices," 3 Jan. 2020 Taylor, now the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who testified in the impeachment hearings in Congress, cited a colorful formulation by Ukraine’s former National Security and Defense Council Chairman Volodymyr Horbulin which underscored that. Washington Post, "Ukraine faces new challenges in peace talks with Russia," 8 Dec. 2019 The president has also tweeted about William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine and, indirectly, about Vindman., "“The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants — if he wants to take the oath of office or he could do it in writing,” Pelosi said in a interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “He has every opportunity to present his case.”," 18 Nov. 2019 The results were a lame opening sketch with Jon Hamm as William Taylor, acting ambassador to Ukraine. Hal Boedeker,, "Trump impeachment inquiry: Mystery of our time | Commentary," 17 Nov. 2019 The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday by William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. USA TODAY, "Associated Press: 2nd US official heard President Trump call with Sondland about Ukraine," 15 Nov. 2019 William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state, testified before the House Intelligence Committee. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Impeachment hearings had style, substance and bombast — in other words, a little of everything," 13 Nov. 2019 Alexander Vindman, and the acting ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor have contradicted Sondland's recollection of events. Shani Benezra, CBS News, "This week on "Face the Nation," November 3, 2019: McCarthy, Hoyer, Speier," 1 Nov. 2019 Parnas and Fruman are accused of working on behalf of one or more Ukrainian government officials to seek the removal of Marie Yovanovitch as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Christian Berthelsen, Fortune, "Giuliani Ally Got $1 Million From Ukraine Oligarch’s Lawyer," 18 Dec. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce ambassador (audio)

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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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