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 being named the youngest M.A.C ambassador, Deja gained recognition for speaking out an Arizona town hall. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Deja Foxx Was Named a M.A.C Viva Glam Ambassador," 1 May 2019 After making his decision Tuesday afternoon, Moreno ordered his top aides to coordinate with Britain’s ambassador to Ecuador, Katherine Ward, to carry out a raid within 36 hours. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 2019 The bareMinerals beauty ambassador and owner of Rose Inc.—an editorial beauty and lifestyle platform—got candid about everyone's biggest beauty misconception of her, her skin struggles, and her number-one product for getting that glow. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's #1 Product for Glowy Skin Is Not What You'd Expect," 22 Feb. 2019 Nationals star Bryce Harper, MLB's ambassador for next week's All-Star Game in Washington, also plans to participate in the slugging showcase at Nationals Park. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "MLB's Home Run Derby: Five players we'd like to see in the event," 11 July 2018 Flynn, a former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI about contacts with the Russian ambassador and has agreed to work with the special counsel. Fox News, "White House: No pardons under consideration for Manafort, Flynn," 2 Oct. 2018 The chief executive officers of Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW met Wednesday with the U.S ambassador to Germany to discuss looming American duties on car imports from the European Union, according to people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg News, Houston Chronicle, "Merkel warns of worldwide financial crisis," 4 July 2018 Litvinov was foreign minister in the 1930s and ambassador to Washington during World War II before his death in Moscow in 1951. Washington Post, "Russia struggles with legacy of 1917 Bolshevik Revolution," 5 Nov. 2017 According to the Belgian government, the location of the wreck is being kept a secret until it can be properly protected, and the German ambassador to Belgium has been contacted to make arrangements for the crew remains. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Lost World War I Submarine Found With Remains of 23 Crew on Board," 19 Sep. 2017

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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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