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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Japan imposed some of the weakest sanctions among the Group of Seven following the Ukraine crisis and was the only member not to expel any diplomats after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the U.K. last year. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Putin Looks to Play on U.S.-Japan Jitters," 22 Jan. 2019 At the same time, a former Canadian diplomat has gone missing in Beijing, in what some suspect to be retaliation, according to reports from today, and Chinese authorities have yet to clarify what his status is. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Huawei’s CFO is granted bail by Canadian court but will be closely monitored," 11 Dec. 2018 The key figure in the fallout with Big3 is Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, a former Qatari diplomat in the U.S. and the former head of Qatar Investments, a $100 billion division of QIA, a sovereign wealth fund. Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg.com, "Ice Cube's Big3 Investors Seek to End Suit Over Qatar Plot," 20 June 2018 Built as a winter retreat for diplomat and philanthropist power couple Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Sunnylands represents a pinnacle of connoisseurship and gracious hospitality, as expressed through the lens of midcentury Southern Californian chic. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "Sunnylands: The California Mansion That Has Hosted Frank Sinatra, Queen Elizabeth, and More," 18 Apr. 2019 Germany arrested an Iranian diplomat, normally based in Austria, who is suspected of plotting to attack the meeting of an Iranian opposition group in Paris. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 July 2018 On the way to the Commander’s meeting with the Canadian diplomats, Serena Joy ravenously watches normal life moving on around her from the car window. Rena Gross, Billboard, "9 Major Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 9 'Smart Power'," 13 June 2018 Trump’s letter indicates Bolton’s worldview was prevailing, and Pompeo’s scheduled testimony in the Senate’s foreign policy panel began awkwardly with the nation’s top diplomat reading Trump’s surprise letter. Brian Bennett, Time, "President Trump Canceled the North Korea Summit to Get the Upper Hand," 24 May 2018 The British foreign secretary traveled to Washington this week to make a last-minute pitch to the US to remain in the deal, according to a senior British diplomat. Josh Lederman And Catherine Lucey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump pulls US out of Iran nuclear deal," 8 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 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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