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 The former Democratic congressman, Atlanta mayor, and United Nations ambassador recalled activists spending three months to organize for a 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, campaign in which Dr. King and other protesters were jailed. Dan Sewell And Russell Contreras, The Christian Science Monitor, "Civil rights giants have hope and advice for BLM protestors," 24 June 2020 Barr had ordered that case dropped last month, even though Flynn had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about phone calls with the Russian ambassador — another move that critics of Barr have portrayed as favoritism to a presidential ally. Katie Benner,, "Justice Dept. Officials Testify on Politicization Under Barr," 24 June 2020 One is Valery Tsapkalo, a former ambassador to the United States and a founder of Belarus’s successful IT cluster. The Economist, "Miffed in Minsk Waving slippers at the “cockroach” president of Belarus," 20 June 2020 Jean Kennedy Smith, the former ambassador to Ireland and the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy, died at 92 on Wednesday. Fortune, "How to move corporate Juneteenth holidays beyond virtue signaling," 19 June 2020 Jean Kennedy Smith, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland and the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy, died late Wednesday. NBC News, "U.S. marks Juneteenth, Dreamers celebrate Supreme Court decision and Trump's Tulsa rally," 18 June 2020 Watson, 30, is also known as a champion of women's rights and is a United Nations Women goodwill ambassador. Washington Post, "Microsoft boosts data capacity after surge," 17 June 2020 Rice, an ex-United Nations ambassador, is a foreign affairs expert. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Susan Rice top veep picks for Biden as search narrows," 12 June 2020 Alabama’s Teacher of the Year serves as a full-time ambassador for education and the teaching profession, and conducts workshops. al, "Alabama’s 2020 Teacher of the Year finalists announced," 4 June 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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