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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In late 2017, a number of diplomats and related personnel working at the embassy in Cuba suffered a series of bizarre health problems, including concussions and brain damage. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Were the Cuban Embassy Sonic Attacks Actually Just Crickets?," 9 Jan. 2019 The French embassy has suggested that 300,000 French citizens live in the city, and over the years, politicians on both sides of the Channel have referred to London as France’s sixth-biggest city due to its impressive Gallic community. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 Word is friend in embassy [WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange] plans 2 more dumps. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "The story Jerome Corsi is now telling about WikiLeaks is exceedingly hard to believe," 29 Nov. 2018 In fact, his lawyer said they were threatened at the embassy and don't know what became of the letter. Fox News, "Pope role in study of Argentine sex abuse case in spotlight," 18 Sep. 2018 The cases in Guangzhou — and now possibly Shanghai and Beijing — are similar to a wave of illnesses that struck Americans working at the embassy in Havana, Cuba, beginning in fall 2016. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "More Americans Evacuated From China Over Mysterious Ailments," 30 June 2018 Even the Korean consul general got into the spirit at the Korean embassy in Mexico. Cady Lang, Time, "All It Took Was Beating Germany to Unite Mexico and South Korea World Cup Fans," 27 June 2018 After one victory, staff at a European embassy in Kabul mistook the celebrations for an attack on their compound. The Economist, "Afghanistan’s passion for cricket reaches fever pitch," 14 June 2018 The president is also scheduled to visit Monday with employees at the U.S. embassy in Singapore. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump thinks G-7 flap will help with Kim Jong Un; others aren't so sure," 10 June 2018

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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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