ambassador

noun
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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Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the central job of an ambassador is to represent accurately the government’s position. Rob Gillies, The Seattle Times, "Canada’s foreign minister says why China envoy fired," 28 Jan. 2019 Kaling, who is a Protein One ambassador, loves a good shortcut. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Mindy Kaling Is Done Feeling Guilty Over New Mom Expectations," 21 Jan. 2019 Darulio's pheromones help ease tensions between the two ambassadors (temporarily). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 Reebok's list of ambassadors could double as a list of ideal dinner guests. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Cardi B Partnered With Reebok—Here Are 6 Ways to Get Her Throwback '90s Look," 9 Nov. 2018 The duo is the first amongst a lineup of new brand ambassadors that will be revealed throughout the month of October. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Adwoa Aboah and Heron Preston Are Making Us Want a Pair of UGGs This Fall," 5 Oct. 2018 With Harry’s role of youth ambassador for the Commonwealth. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Something Blue on Her Wedding Day Was a Tribute to Her First Date with Prince Harry," 23 Sep. 2018 With the game in Washington, Harper will be in the grueling role of ambassador—taking part in Home Run Derby, for instance, and satisfying corporate sponsor obligations. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 But to have someone else, like an ambassador, to plan for them is a savvy business model. Lizzie Stokes, San Antonio Express-News, "New San Antonio group leads members on women-only adventures," 9 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 \

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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