em·​bas·​sy | \ ˈem-bə-sē How to pronounce embassy (audio) \
plural embassies

Definition of embassy

1 : a body of diplomatic representatives specifically : one headed by an ambassador
2a : the function or position of an ambassador
b : a mission abroad undertaken officially especially by an ambassador
4 : the official residence and offices of an ambassador

Examples of embassy in a Sentence

Protesters marched outside the American embassy.

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Before entering the South Korean embassy, Lee had given her new life a lot of thought. Julie Zaugg, CNN, "These North Korean defectors were sold into China as cybersex slaves. Then they escaped," 9 June 2019 But so are the Belgian, French, and Swiss ambassadors and a representative from the U.S. embassy, as well as the CEOs of BMW and Duravit, in addition to the head of UNESCO in Egypt and the director of the British Council. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 During the ceremony, embassy officials showed a brief video of the 1948 ceremony establishing the mission. Vanessa Gera, The Seattle Times, "Israeli marks 70th anniversary of 1st diplomatic outpost," 23 Oct. 2018 After arriving Sunday evening and attending the traditional meet-and-greet with embassy officials, Trump will hold a series of meetings June 16. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump's Europe trip: Where he's going on his 7-day visit with NATO allies and Putin," 8 July 2018 Aisyah and Huong were calm and shook hands with their lawyers and embassy officials at the close of the trial. Washington Post, "Prosecutor: Suspects in N. Korean death are trained killers," 28 June 2018 On Monday the United States will officially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Features Two Religious Leaders Accused of Bigotry," 14 May 2018 The international community, not wanting to inflame tensions in the region, has tended to sidestep the issue, often basing their embassies in the financial centre of Tel Aviv instead. Cheryl P. Rose, Houston Chronicle, "Senior moves: Experts in downsizing make process easier," 23 Apr. 2018 Unarmed British police officers then hauled the bearded and shouting Assange out of the embassy. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of embassy

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embassy

Middle French ambassee, ultimately of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German ambaht service

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English Language Learners Definition of embassy

: a group of people who work under an ambassador and represent their country in a foreign country
: the building where an ambassador lives and works


em·​bas·​sy | \ ˈem-bə-sē How to pronounce embassy (audio) \
plural embassies

Kids Definition of embassy

1 : a group of people led by an ambassador who represent their country in a foreign county
2 : the building where an ambassador lives or works

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