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 Army general pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communications with a former Russian ambassador and later reversed course, claiming investigators entrapped him into making false statements. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Federal appeals court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn case, likely ending prosecution of ex-Trump adviser," 24 June 2020 Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his conversations with the Russian ambassador before Mr. Trump took office. Stefan Becket, Robert Legare, CBS News, "Federal appeals court orders judge to drop charges against Michael Flynn," 24 June 2020 In its motion, the department argued that Flynn's calls with the Russian ambassador were entirely appropriate and not material to the underlying counterintelligence investigation. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal appeals court overrules judge, orders end to prosecution of Michael Flynn," 24 June 2020 A few months later Sessions phoned the socialist leader with Rudy Giuliani, the U.S. president's personal lawyer, around the same time both men were involved in another shadow diplomatic effort to fire the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Joshua Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Sources: Venezuela wooed Texas Republican to ease sanctions," 22 June 2020 Nearly all of the pro-Trump super PAC’s funds came from two donors who have served in the administration: $1 million from Linda McMahon, the former head of the Small Business Administration; and Woody Johnson, the ambassador to Britain. Shane Goldmacher,, "Biden’s $80.8 million outpaced Trump’s fund-raising in May," 21 June 2020 Three decades later, Smith was appointed ambassador to Ireland by President Bill Clinton. Michelle R. Smith,, "Jean Kennedy Smith dies at 92; last surviving sibling of JFK," 18 June 2020 Iraq's government however, summoned the Turkish ambassador on Tuesday to protest against the aerial offensive. NBC News, "Turkey moves troops against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq," 17 June 2020 She was then asked to stay for a smaller confab with Obama, Biden, former FBI Director James Comey, and then-deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to discuss Flynn and FBI intercepts of his conversations with ex-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "In considering Susan Rice for running mate role, Biden campaign unafraid to relitigate Benghazi," 16 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 5 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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