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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On Sunday evening, the pair will attend a fund-raiser on Nantucket hosted by Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, a Democratic fund-raiser who served in the Obama administration and as the ambassador to Portugal in the Clinton administration. James Pindell,, "Joe Biden is hitting the Cape and Nantucket later this month — but not for the beach," 2 Aug. 2019 The nomination of Al-Saud as a female ambassador reflects bin Salman's plan to increase the number of women in the workforce -- in recent years, a limited number of women have been allowed to pursue more jobs and even senior government positions. Jessie Yeung And Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN, "Saudi Arabian women finally allowed to hold passports and travel independently," 2 Aug. 2019 Kelly Craft was officially confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to the UN. Fortune, "A Misconduct No Man’s Land at Cambridge: The Broadsheet," 1 Aug. 2019 The Democrats have also expressed concerns about her time away from Canada during her tenure as ambassador. CBS News, "Senate confirms Kelly Craft as newest U.S. Ambassador to UN," 1 Aug. 2019 Coats had spent more than three years as ambassador to Germany, arriving shortly before the 9/11 attacks. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Is Trump’s pick the right kind of intelligence chief to replace Dan Coats?," 1 Aug. 2019 The Democrats have also expressed concerns about her time away from Canada during her tenure as ambassador. Washington Post, "Senate confirms Kelly Craft as US ambassador to UN," 1 Aug. 2019 The Democrats have also expressed concerns about her time away from Canada during her tenure as ambassador. Mary Clare Jalonick,, "Senate confirms Kelly Craft as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, replacing Nikki Haley," 31 July 2019 As a Chanel ambassador, Kristen Stewart spent a lot of time with the brand’s longtime creative director Karl Lagerfeld. Katie Intner,, "Kristen Stewart Reveals Late Designer Karl Lagerfeld Wasn't as 'Intimidating' as He Seemed," 30 July 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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