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 In response, that foreign service officer was reassigned to Chad. Sarah Harrison, Foreign Affairs, 28 Sep. 2023 In response to criticism following USA TODAY’s investigation, Peace Corps director Carol Spahn noted that federal law does not allow foreign service workers to be suspended without pay while under investigation. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, 14 July 2023 But with whom? Russell plays Kate Wyler, who has spent her life in the military and foreign service and is days away from a new high-stakes posting in Kabul when she’s summoned by the president (Michael McKean, in a juicy guest role) to serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Apr. 2023 That is more foreign service officers killed by vehicles at home than have died overseas this year, noted Langenkamp’s husband, Dan, a foreign service officer himself. Alicia Parlapiano,, 27 Nov. 2022 Herve Irion works for the U.S. State Department in the foreign service. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 29 Mar. 2022 Raffi Balian is a career foreign service officer who currently serves as division chief for Multilateral Affairs at the Office of Environmental Quality. Jennifer R. Littlejohn, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2023 From her teenage years as the daughter of a U.S. foreign service officer stationed in Baku, Azerbaijan to her corporate ascent as a yuppie at an energy company in Texas, Bunny reckons with her reliance on resources that may cause irreparable damage to the planet. Time, 31 July 2023 Helping with immigration issues and other challenges, its members supplement and compete with India’s understaffed corps of around 950 foreign service officers — a fraction of the roughly 16,000 who work for the United States. Damien Cave, New York Times, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foreign service was in 1799

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“Foreign service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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