chargé d'affaires

noun
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 chargé 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

Examples of chargé d'affaires in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daniel Smith to lead the US Embassy in New Delhi as the new charge d'affaires. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, 7 May 2021 In Bum Chun; Andrei Lankov, director, NK News, professor, Kookmin University; Evans J.R. Revere, former deputy chief of mission and charge d'affaires, U.S. Embassy, Seoul. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 24 Mar. 2021 Beyond Yovanovitch, staffers like her replacement, charge d'affaires Bill Taylor, and David Holmes, who served as political counselor in Kyiv, were called to testify about Trump's plan. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 6 May 2021 In Bum Chun; Andrei Lankov, director, NK News, professor, Kookmin University; Evans J.R. Revere, former deputy chief of mission and charge d'affaires, U.S. Embassy, Seoul. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 24 Mar. 2021 In Bum Chun; Andrei Lankov, director, NK News, professor, Kookmin University; Evans J.R. Revere, former deputy chief of mission and charge d'affaires, U.S. Embassy, Seoul. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 24 Mar. 2021 In Bum Chun; Andrei Lankov, director, NK News, professor, Kookmin University; Evans J.R. Revere, former deputy chief of mission and charge d'affaires, U.S. Embassy, Seoul. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 24 Mar. 2021 The embassy said in a statement on its official Facebook page that there are now only 290 expatriates within North Korea, including just nine ambassadors and four charge d'affaires. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, 2 Apr. 2021 In Bum Chun; Andrei Lankov, director, NK News, professor, Kookmin University; Evans J.R. Revere, former deputy chief of mission and charge d'affaires, U.S. Embassy, Seoul. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 24 Mar. 2021

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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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“Chargé d'affaires.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charg%C3%A9%20d%27affaires. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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chargé d'affaires

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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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