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 After an extraordinary, two-year battle to keep secret the name of a Saudi diplomat suspected of ties to the 9/11 plot, the Justice Department accidentally disclosed the man’s name in a court filing. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "The Justice Department Accidentally Released the Name of Saudi Official Suspected of Helping the 9/11 Hijackers," 13 May 2020 Ole Yeller is a great, great diplomat to make people happy. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "Archbishop soars over San Antonio as parishes prepare to reopen," 11 May 2020 Wolf Warriors’ spread hoaxes and attack a world of critics The aggressive nationalism of China’s diplomats matches the swagger of Xi Jinping’s China, which is determined to deflect blame for the coronavirus. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The U.S. and China are sliding into a Cold War nobody needs," 6 May 2020 Sacoolas and her family fled the United Kingdom about three weeks after the crash when U.S. authorities confirmed her diplomatic immunity, which protects diplomats and their family members from prosecution or lawsuits under the host nation's laws. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Harry Dunn's family urges UK to block Julian Assange's extradition to US," 24 Feb. 2020 The hacker found a document that the diplomat was working on, completed it and then sent it to the staff member in the Western Australian premier’s office, armed with the Aria-body tool. New York Times, "China’s Military Is Tied to Debilitating New Cyberattack Tool," 7 May 2020 Ambassador Bill Taylor, who replaced Yovanovitch as the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, also testified in the impeachment inquiry. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump to nominate new U.S. ambassador to Ukraine," 2 May 2020 Flynn eventually pleaded guilty to lying to them about his conversations with the diplomat about sanctions enacted by the outgoing Obama administration as punishment for Russia’s actions. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Flynn fights for exoneration two years after pleading guilty," 30 Apr. 2020 President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, speaking in a television interview Wednesday, ratcheted up the accusations between the U.S. and China over the virus. Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg, Time, "Mike Pompeo Accuses China of Posing a Worldwide Threat for Hiding Origin of the Coronavirus," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Diplomat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomat. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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