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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French diplomats have been working for months on ways to ease tensions with Iran and preserve the principles of the nuclear deal that America signed in 2015, before Mr Trump withdrew and hit Iran with sanctions. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron reclaims France’s international role," 29 Aug. 2019 Britain has long been a free trade superpower, and British diplomats complain as bitterly as their French and German peers about Trump's tactics on China. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he wishes he’d raised tariffs even higher on China as trade war escalates," 25 Aug. 2019 Few American diplomats have been so royally and unabashedly loathed as Richard Holbrooke. David Rieff, Harper's magazine, "An American in the Treetops," 19 Aug. 2019 Even if technical experts cannot resolve their disputes, diplomats might. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Forecasters fear 5G wireless technology will muck up weather predictions," 7 Aug. 2019 And in the meantime, diplomats in China began reporting similar episodes and symptoms and have been evacuated. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain imaging weirdness adds to Cuba “health attack” mystery," 24 July 2019 At a meeting of EU government envoys in Brussels on Wednesday, countries including France, the Netherlands and Denmark objected to the opening of accession talks at this stage, two diplomats familiar with the matter said. Slav Okov, Bloomberg.com, "Balkan Government Under Pressure as EU Progress Faces Skepticism," 6 June 2019 Iranian officials are slamming the United States for imposing sanctions on the country's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, personally targeting Iran's highest ranking diplomat. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "U.S. slaps sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as tensions rise," 1 Aug. 2019 Activists and diplomats who work on international climate issues are also struggling to reconcile their travel habits with their worries about warming. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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