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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But countries near Russia aren’t alone in feeling vulnerable, said a Baltic diplomat. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Trump Fuels Anxiety in Europe Over Security," 13 July 2018 Louise Arbour, a longtime United Nations diplomat from Canada who is its special representative for international migration, was responsible for leading the process to create the agreement. Megan Specia, New York Times, "U.N. Agrees on Migration Pact, but U.S. Is Conspicuously Absent," 13 July 2018 How does a de facto diplomat recover from such rhetorical carnage? Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 2018 That's definitely a diplomat talking after really getting savaged by the president at that breakfast. Fox News, "The politics of Trump's tough love for NATO," 12 July 2018 The European Union is considering going straight to the source and negotiating with individual automakers to avoid a trade war with the United States, diplomats told the Financial Times. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "The EU Has a New Plan to Head Off a Automobile Trade War With Trump," 4 July 2018 Some unaffected diplomats from the Havana embassy agree. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Sonic attack or mass paranoia? New evidence stokes debate over diplomats’ mysterious illness," 20 June 2018 It was announced that the event would largely be foreign diplomats. Ziad Ahmed, Teen Vogue, "The 2018 Iftar Dinner at the White House Wasn’t Really for American Muslims," 7 June 2018 Those have been sustained since former CIA Director Mike Pompeo was installed as top U.S. diplomat in April and despite the president’s growing calls for friendship with Putin. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect," 14 July 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


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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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