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.
Recent Examples on the Web No Thaw Payne’s announcement, which included bans on two other deals between Victoria and the governments of Iran and Syria, came the same day a Chinese diplomat indicated that there will be no immediate thaw in ties between Beijing and Canberra. Jason Scott, Fortune, "‘Unreasonable and provocative:’ China slams Australia’s cancellation of Belt and Road deal," 22 Apr. 2021 Washington is widely expected to name R. Nicholas Burns, a veteran diplomat who has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, as its ambassador to Beijing, say people familiar with the administration’s decision making. Bob Davis, WSJ, "China, U.S. Close to Naming New Ambassadors as Rivalry Grows," 20 Apr. 2021 As the wife of a US diplomat, Penelope Laingen had trekked to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Malta, loyally serving alongside her husband in the long tradition of Foreign Service families. Emily Langer, BostonGlobe.com, "Penelope Laingen, who united nation with yellow ribbons during Iran hostage crisis, dies at 89," 17 Apr. 2021 Her father, Iain McCrory, was a diplomat; her mother, Ann (Morgans) McCrory, worked for the National Health Service. New York Times, "Helen McCrory, British Star of Stage, Film and TV, Dies at 52," 16 Apr. 2021 The Serpent tells the story of how a determined young diplomat at the Dutch Embassy Herman Knippenberg and his wife Angela attempted to bring to justice Sobhraj and his accomplices. Sheena Scott, Forbes, "‘The Serpent’: The True-Crime Series On Netflix That Is Captivating Millions," 10 Apr. 2021 An accountant leads a wild detective and his cautious partner to a South African diplomat running drugs. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Sam wants to be a diplomat, someone who can talk Karli out of her terrorist plans, while Walker wants to use force. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: Front Line," 9 Apr. 2021 Nancy Charles-Parker, a retired diplomat from Denver, visited the Big Island of Hawaii during the pandemic and decided to stay. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "How lockdowns, quarantines and COVID testing will change summer travel in 2021," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of diplomat was in 1813

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3 May 2021

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“Diplomat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomat. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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


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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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