foreign service

noun

Definition of foreign service

: the field force of a foreign office comprising diplomatic and consular personnel

Examples of foreign service in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Irion grew up in several countries with her family as her dad works for the U.S. State Department in the foreign service. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 1 Apr. 2022 An obituary on Monday about the veteran State Department officer Phyllis Oakley misstated the year the department lifted its unofficial ban on married women in the foreign service. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 Many of the country's career diplomats took roles in the foreign service during Myanmar's half century of military rule, which plunged Myanmar -- then called Burma -- into poverty, isolationism and civil war. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 28 June 2021 Brink, a veteran foreign service officer and current U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, was unanimously confirmed by voice vote Wednesday night. Peter Weber, The Week, 19 May 2022 The veteran foreign service officer, who has spent most of her career in the shadow of the former Soviet Union, was nominated to the position last month by President Joe Biden. NBC News, 19 May 2022 The Senate Wednesday evening confirmed Bridget Brink, a career foreign service officer, as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. WSJ, 19 May 2022 Brink, a career foreign service officer, has served since 2019 as ambassador to Slovakia. Matthew Lee, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2022 Brink, a career foreign service officer, has served since 2019 as ambassador to Slovakia. Matthew Lee, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of foreign service

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foreign service was in 1870

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“Foreign service.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreign%20service. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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