chargé d'affaires

char·​gé d'af·​faires | \ (ˌ)shär-ˌzhā-də-ˈfer How to pronounce chargé d'affaires (audio) \
plural chargés d'affaires\ (ˌ)shär-​ˌzhā-​də-​ˈfer How to pronounce chargés d'affaires (audio) , -​ˌzhāz-​də-​ \

Definition of chargé d'affaires

1 : a subordinate diplomat who substitutes for an absent ambassador or minister
2 : a diplomat inferior in rank to an ambassador or minister who heads a mission when no ambassador or minister is assigned

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One of the diplomats expelled was the charge d'affaires, Todd Robinson, who after the prison unrest this month went to the Foreign Ministry to demand officials give him information on Holt's condition. Tracy Wilkinson,, "U.S. citizen jailed for two years in Venezuela is released," 26 May 2018 The embassy's charge d'affaires suffered minor injuries, the statement said. Omar Nor And Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Mogadishu car bomb leaves at least 10 dead," 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of chargé d'affaires

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chargé d'affaires

French, literally, one charged with affairs

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English Language Learners Definition of chargé d'affaires

: a person who takes the place of an ambassador when the ambassador is away
: a person with a lower rank than an ambassador who works as a diplomat in countries where no ambassador is assigned

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