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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Prior to this year’s celebration, held at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, the party for the fourth was held at the ambassador’s residence in Herzliya. Marcy Oster,, "U.S. embassy hosts Fourth of July celebration for first time in Jerusalem," 3 July 2019 Similar to the public outcry from alt-right fans of the brand when Kaepernick was announced as a brand ambassador, detractors are speaking out about Nike's decision to pull the shoe. Channing Hargrove,, "Colin Kaepernick Told Nike To Pull A Betsey Ross Flag Shoe — & They Did," 2 July 2019 One of those experts was Michael McFaul, the ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Ivanka Trump makes history — at the G20 summit, in North Korea and in #Unwantedvanka parody memes," 1 July 2019 Bacon’s grandfather attended Harvard with Teddy Roosevelt and served as Roosevelt’s secretary of state and ambassador to France; his father was president of the Massachusetts State Senate and a lieutenant governor for the state. Wendy Grossman Kantor,, "Who killed the Masked Marvel?," 27 June 2019 That's why she's landed tons of deals as a brand ambassador for several beauty companies. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Zendaya's Net Worth Is Super Impressive for a 22-Year-Old," 27 June 2019 Editor's note: A previous version of this headline that said Bárcena Coqui contradicted the president has been updated to more accurately reflect the ambassador's comments. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Mexican ambassador won't say whether Mexico agreed to new agriculture deal," 9 June 2019 Chauffeured cars outside the U.S. ambassador's residence in London included several late-model Range Rover SUVs, which retail at above $100,000 each. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump family members promote themselves, and businesses, on European trip," 7 June 2019 This evening, the Trumps will host a reciprocal dinner for the royal family at the US ambassador's residence in London. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 4: Trump, tech probes, Virginia Beach, Sudan, lost climbers," 4 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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