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 Removing the requirement to pass the exam is predicated on the idea that anyone can be a diplomat. WSJ, 11 May 2022 Cleo Dibble was a diplomat’s wife who had traveled all her life. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 Rankin, who is a British diplomat, was appointed by the Queen on the advice of the British government. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 While Princess Charlotte was a perfect little diplomat for the majority of the royal tour, today's trip to check out helicopters proved too much for the two-year-old royal. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 17 Apr. 2022 Ou is the only major foreign diplomat in El Salvador who has not criticized him. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 The victim was a diplomat from South Korea, according to the New York City Police Department. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 10 Feb. 2022 Contacts reportedly formed their own opinions about the source of Delvey's wealth, suggesting her father was perhaps a Russian diplomat or an oil-industry tycoon. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Feb. 2022 The ambassador, Saeed Mubarak al-Khayarin al-Hajri, was the most in-demand diplomat in Kabul. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Diplomat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomat. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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