dip·​lo·​mat | \ ˈdi-plə-ˌmat How to pronounce diplomat (audio) \

Definition of diplomat

: one employed or skilled in diplomacy a foreign diplomat

Examples of diplomat in a Sentence

The President will be meeting with foreign diplomats. He's a talented architect but a poor diplomat.

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But last Saturday, the diplomats came together to host a secret meeting at the Khartoum mansion of a Sudanese tycoon, a gathering aimed at breaking the ice between two sides whose differences were written in blood. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "In Sudan, a Secret Meeting and Public Rage Propelled a Power-Sharing Deal," 5 July 2019 Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1966, the renowned diplomat George F. Kennan made the key point. Andrew J. Bacevich, Twin Cities, "Andrew Bacevich: Trump’s reluctance to bomb foreign countries is a strength, not a sign of weakness," 4 July 2019 The account from the transcript released Thursday suggests that Trump's top diplomat was in the dark as the new administration was grappling with major foreign policy issues. CBS News, "Tillerson claims Kushner conducted diplomacy behind his back in congressional testimony," 28 June 2019 But nuclear diplomats aren’t in a position to privately rake in billions by dialing up systemic risks. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: The fate we might be making for ourselves," 18 June 2019 The diplomats didn’t specifically name Iran as the culprit, but the US had already blamed Tehran for the sabotage — a charge Iran denies. Alex Ward, Vox, "US releases video that it says shows Iran’s involvement in oil tanker attacks," 14 June 2019 The diplomat then called for a new platform to debate tax at the United Nations. Max De Haldevang, Quartz India, "India is leading a global charge to make corporate giants pay fair tax," 7 June 2019 Mexican diplomats are in Washington this week, trying to change Trump’s mind, but the president’s 5% tariff on Mexican imports is due to take effect on Monday unless Congress blocks him. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Arrests along Mexico border surged again in May, blowing past ‘breaking point’," 5 June 2019 Ur had already been identified some years earlier, thanks to basic excavations carried out in 1853 by the British diplomat J. E. Taylor. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of diplomat

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diplomat

French diplomate, back-formation from diplomatique

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English Language Learners Definition of diplomat

: a person who represents his or her country's government in a foreign country : someone whose work is diplomacy
: a person who has skill in dealing with other people


dip·​lo·​mat | \ ˈdi-plə-ˌmat How to pronounce diplomat (audio) \

Kids Definition of diplomat

1 : a person whose work is keeping good relations between the governments of different countries
2 : a person who is good at dealing with people in a way that avoids bad feelings

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