em·bas·sy | \ˈem-bə-sē \
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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More than a million square feet of warehouses are being replaced by dozens of luxury apartment towers, the new U.S. embassy, upscale restaurants and stores. Fortune, "This Is London's Hottest Property — Thanks to Amazon," 13 July 2018 Russian embassy staff didn’t respond to a request for comment. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Calls Out China, Russia on North Korea Energy Caps, Urges U.N. Action," 12 July 2018 Jihadists connected to al-Qaeda and IS have attacked Western embassies, hotels and oil facilities in the Sahel. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 There was no trade, no embassies, not even telephone service between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "After years of unrest, Ethiopia enters new era of openness," 11 July 2018 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 42, and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, 72, also signed agreements to open embassies in their respective capitals, restore flight services and use port facilities in Eritrea. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopia, Eritrea restore diplomatic relations, phone calls," 9 July 2018 Hoffer and colleagues tested several dozen Havana embassy personnel who had been flown to Miami. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Sonic attack or mass paranoia? New evidence stokes debate over diplomats’ mysterious illness," 20 June 2018 Each country opened an embassy in the other’s capital, and travel across the Florida Straits and mom-and-pop businesses in Cuba flourished. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "A year after Trump reversed Obama's opening to Cuba, the U.S. is sitting out Havana's political revamp," 22 June 2018 Each migrant's identity must be carefully confirmed by an embassy's consul and supporting documents must be scrutinized, which can take several months. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy," 22 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 \
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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to reject or criticize sharply

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