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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C'est Moi, a line of skincare and cosmetics available at retailers including Target and Amazon, has announced that Liza will serve as its first ever brand ambassador. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Liza Koshy Was Named the First C’est Moi Brand Ambassador," 8 Aug. 2019 May backed her ambassador, but Johnson -- at a Conservative Party leadership debate -- demurred. Fox News, "Republicans hope for recharge in US-UK ties as Boris Johnson takes power," 25 July 2019 When Papa John's announced O'Neal was joining the board in March, O'Neal inked an $8.25 million deal to be the company's brand ambassador. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "A year after John Schnatter's removal, Papa John's uses controversy as opportunity," 23 July 2019 Because Streicher is currently serving as the brand ambassador to the Hourglass cosmetics brand, and I was offered a sit-down in her chair at the Grove pop-up last week to demonstrate how to get the perfect brow. Los Angeles Times, "Perfect eyebrows: Hollywood’s go-to guru Kristie Streicher offers arch advice," 19 July 2019 May’s spokesman also stressed that the British leader did not share in her ambassador’s withering critiques. William Booth, The Denver Post, "Britain to apologize for leaked cables calling Trump “inept” amid hunt for leaker," 8 July 2019 May's spokesman also stressed that the British leader did not share in her ambassador's withering critiques. William Booth, Anchorage Daily News, "Britain to apologize for leaked cables calling Trump ‘inept’," 8 July 2019 The ship temporarily lost some power from midship to the forward section of the vessel on Tuesday evening, according to a Facebook post from Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador John Heald. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Carnival Vista, which sets sail from Galveston, temporarily loses power at sea," 3 July 2019 Umbro — the most soccer-y of all the soccer brands — hired goalie Ashlyn Harris as its first-ever female global ambassador only two years ago. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "How “soccer girl” became the indisputably coolest look," 14 June 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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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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