chargé d'affaires

noun char·gé d'af·faires \ (ˌ)shär-ˌzhā-də-ˈfer \

Definition of chargé d'affaires

plural chargés d'affaires play \-ˌzhā-də-, -ˌzhāz-də-\
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

Recent Examples of chargé d'affaires from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chargé d'affaires.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of chargé d'affaires

French, literally, one charged with affairs


CHARGÉ D'AFFAIRES Defined for English Language Learners

chargé d'affaires

noun

Definition of chargé d'affaires for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Learn More about chargé d'affaires


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up chargé d'affaires? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!