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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Middleton is also a brand ambassador for the British Heart Foundation. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Looks Chic During a Rare Outing with Her Son Arthur," 1 Mar. 2019 Half have generated no income for years — four decades in the case of the crepitating Prokesch van Osten house, built for Austria’s ambassador in 1837 and later used as a music school. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Life, and value, for derelict Greek properties," 10 July 2018 After last year's successful pilot program, ambassadors wearing bright yellow shirts are back in downtown Delray Beach on foot and bike patrol in an effort to keep visitors and residents safe in the area. Kari Barnett,, "Safety ambassadors return to downtown Delray Beach," 12 June 2018 An official at the Embassy of Honduras in Washington, Assunta Garcia, said the nation's ambassador was the only person authorized to comment on Munoz's death. The Washington Post,, "A family was separated at the border, and this distraught father took his own life," 10 June 2018 An official at the Embassy of Honduras in Washington, Assunta Garcia, said the nation's ambassador was the only person authorized to comment on Muñoz's death. Nick Miroff,, "A family was separated at the Texas border, and the distraught father took his own life," 9 June 2018 The Del Norte Peer ambassador and National Honor Society member was the league Player of the Year. P.k. Daniel,, "Union-Tribune All-Academic Team Captains for spring sports," 6 June 2018 Officials say the ambassadors could be on the street starting in late summer or early fall. Ryan Gillespie,, "Orlando commissioners OK downtown ambassador program," 29 May 2018 The best ambassador is (Season 2 winner and ventriloquist) Terry Fator. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Simon Cowell promises fire, magic and scares in Season 13 of 'America's Got Talent'," 26 May 2018

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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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