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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For example, in June the U.S. opened a new de facto embassy in Taipei. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Failure to Help Taiwan," 11 Sep. 2018 Trump also decided against a ceremonial visit in January to open the new billion-dollar U.S. embassy. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "In Britain, Trump will see castles and the queen and steer clear of protesters," 6 July 2018 However, Trump said in a tweet that his reason was in fact dissatisfaction with the location of the new American embassy in London. Billy Perrigo/london, Time, "This British Pub Is Turning Into the ‘Trump Arms’ to Honor the President's Visit," 6 July 2018 The images of Palestinians killed and injured juxtaposed with Trump's daughter Ivanka at the central event opening the new embassy drew strong condemnation, and international calls to hold Israel accountable have increased. Ruth Eglash, chicagotribune.com, "Argentine soccer team cancels match in Israel amid death threats against Lionel Messi," 6 June 2018 Cruz visited Israel to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its creation and celebrate the U.S.'s new embassy in Jerusalem. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Ted Cruz: U.S. should 'undoubtedly' look to Israel as border security example," 15 May 2018 The new embassy will be housed in what was the U.S. consulate until a larger site can be found. NBC News, "Jerusalem embassy set to open as U.S. tells Israel 'you are not alone'," 14 May 2018 Wearing a cream suit and her ever-present stilettos, blonde hair perfectly coiffed, and sporting a TV-presenter smile, Ivanka Trump unveiled the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday — a controversial move that breaks with decades of U.S. policy. refinery29.com, "Ivanka Trump Is The White House's Best Distraction Strategy," 14 May 2018 Prosecutors have considered publicly indicting Mr. Assange to try to trigger his removal from the embassy, the people said. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "U.S. Is Optimistic It Will Prosecute Assange," 16 Nov. 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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