diplomat

noun
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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Addressing journalists and diplomats on Friday in Pyongyang, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, would soon decide whether to continue talks with President Trump, the Associated Press reported. ... Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "North Korea Threatens to Exit Nuclear Talks," 15 Mar. 2019 Also Saturday, Ankara's top diplomat reiterated a call to Saudi Arabia to open up its consulate, from where Khashoggi disappeared, for Turkish authorities to search. Fox News, "Newspaper says Turkey has audio of Saudi writer's slaying," 14 Oct. 2018 Still, that’s one mystery solved, at least, and now future diplomats will know to pack some earplugs on their next trip to Cuba. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Were the Cuban Embassy Sonic Attacks Actually Just Crickets?," 9 Jan. 2019 That would not sit well with Kurt Volker, the U.S. diplomat responsible for negotiating an end to that war. Simon Shuster, Time, "Trump's Envoy to Ukraine Urges U.S. Not to Forget Russia's War as Putin Summit Looms," 9 July 2018 Conceding to Trump’s threats is not an option, the diplomats told the FT. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "The EU Has a New Plan to Head Off a Automobile Trade War With Trump," 4 July 2018 While Pompeo is based in Washington, the North Korean diplomats accredited to the United Nations are based in New York and are not allowed to travel outside the city without special dispensation, making it the easiest place for meetings to be held. Anna Fifield, Anchorage Daily News, "Top North Korean official believed to be on his way to the U.S. for meetings," 29 May 2018 The New Orleans diplomats stumping for Super Bowl 2024 hopes their slogan tells the story for the city and the event. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "'NOLA 2024/7 Super Bowl' headlines city's theme for Super Bowl 58 presentation," 22 May 2018 Kovrig was previously a diplomat in China and elsewhere. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China says no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat," 12 Dec. 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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diplomat

noun

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

diplomat

noun
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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