dip·lo·mat | \ˈdi-plə-ˌmat \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The United States, European countries and Canada followed in support, expelling more than 100 Russian diplomats. William Booth, Anchorage Daily News, "Woman exposed to nerve agent in southern England dies; police launch murder investigation," 9 July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May in March accused Russia of being behind the Skripal poisonings and expelled 23 diplomats in retaliation. Fortune, "What Is Novichok? Why the Russian Nerve Agent Is So Dangerous," 5 July 2018 Why Russia was likely behind the poisonings British authorities blamed Russia for the Skripal poisoning back in March and expelled 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation — the UK’s largest removal of foreign officials in more than 30 years. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "A British couple was poisoned with a lethal toxin. The UK is blaming Russia.," 5 July 2018 In 2016, diplomats at the United States Embassy in Havana were mysteriously stricken. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "These Americans suffered severe neurological disorders in Cuba. Now they have a lawyer," 20 June 2018 Unlike many other European countries, Austria's right-wing government did not expel Russian diplomats following Skripal's poisoning. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Vladimir Putin says Russia does not want to split the European Union," 5 June 2018 The list includes 22 European countries including Britain itself which led the way by expelling 23 diplomats. Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Russian bots fueled Jade Helm fears in Texas, says former CIA chief Michael Hayden," 3 May 2018 Several diplomats at the Security Council warned of the potential danger that the Syrian crisis could spiral out of control and engulf the region and beyond. chicagotribune.com, "Haley says U.S. forces 'locked and loaded' if Syria stages another chemical attack," 14 Apr. 2018 Pompeo wanted the North Koreans to commit to specific steps toward denuclearized, but Kim refused to meet with Trump's top diplomat. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "President Trump demands North Korea's Kim Jong Un live up to denuclearization agreement," 9 July 2018

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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 \

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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to reject or criticize sharply

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