high commissioner


: a principal or a high-ranking commissioner
especially : an ambassadorial representative of the government of one country stationed in another

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The high commissioner for human rights has repeatedly postponed its release, reinforcing perceptions that U.N. leadership is reluctant to stand up to China. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2022 The exodus of Ukrainians fleeing the country now exceeds a million — an astoundingly fast migration in a war that scaled up to a full invasion just over a week ago, said Filippo Grandi, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees. Dallas News, 4 Mar. 2022 In 1922, as the first high commissioner for refugees for the League of Nations, Nansen used his office to create a temporary passport for displaced persons, enabling them to travel, register and work in over 50 countries. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 Filippo Grandi, high commissioner for the refugee agency, praised Jolie's dedication to her work. Pamela Falk, CBS News, 16 Dec. 2022 Last month, Volker Türk, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, also expressed alarm at the rising number of executions in Iran. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2022 The agency’s top office—the high commissioner for human rights—is vacant after the latest incumbent, Michelle Bachelet, stepped down at the end of Wednesday. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 While fighting continues across the country, nearly 680,000 Ukrainians have fled since the start of the Russian invasion, according to the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 The acting high commissioner for human rights at the United Nations, Nada Al-Nashif, issued a statement Tuesday expressing alarm at her death and calling for an independent investigation. Rachel Pannett, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of high commissioner was in 1606

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“High commissioner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20commissioner. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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