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.

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In response, the US will remove some of its diplomats from the embassy in Cuba. Alex Ward, Vox, "John Bolton just gave an “Axis of Evil” speech about Latin America," 1 Nov. 2018 Ethiopia made history on Thursday when its parliament named the nation’s first-ever woman president and currently Africa’s only serving female head of state: Sahle-Work Zewde, a veteran diplomat and former United Nations official. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Sahle-Work Zewde Is Ethiopia’s First Woman President and Africa’s Only Serving Female Head of State," 25 Oct. 2018 Trump and his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, are trying to get past the deadlock that has followed the Singapore summit. Fox News, "Trump says he believes nuclear deal with N.Korea possible," 28 Sep. 2018 Iran denies involvement and contends the allegations against its diplomat are intended to damage its relations with the European Union. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says there ‘might be an escalation’ between US, Iran," 12 July 2018 Last year, Ecuador attempted to deputize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to Russia, according to a Friday report by Reuters. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow," 22 Sep. 2018 The countries that have the most difficulty keeping track of all their diplomats are often small and plagued by graft. The Economist, "Boris Becker, African diplomat," 21 June 2018 According to some reports, his diplomats have been peppering South Koreans with detailed questions about Trump and American politics, even asking about that unusual recent Alabama Senate race. NBC News, "Trump relies on gut instinct. The North Koreans have 45 years of preparation.," 10 June 2018 His refusal to utilize the expertise of career diplomats in the State Department before embarrassing our country is terrifying. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Southeast Louisiana, meet your new U.S. marshal," 24 May 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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