high commissioner


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

Examples of high commissioner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Louis Le Franc, the high commissioner for New Caledonia, called on both loyalist and pro-independence citizens to heed the call for calm. Eleanor Beardsley, NPR, 15 May 2024 In a letter released Thursday, the Elders, a group of 12 global rights leaders chaired by former U.N. high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson, said the United States should spearhead an arms embargo. Cate Brown, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 King Charles has postponed public-facing duties while receiving cancer treatment and has continued to work behind the scenes, most recently meeting with the high commissioners for Tanzania and Singapore at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 Volker Turk, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said about one in 20 people in Gaza is now dead or wounded in remarks made in Geneva. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2024 Earlier on Thursday, Volker Türk, the U.N.’s high commissioner for human rights, denounced the Israeli offensive in especially forceful remarks to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Aaron Boxerman, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 The Maduro government has argued that the mission’s mandate, which expires this year, should not be extended because of the existence of the local high commissioner’s human rights office. Ana Vanessa Herrero, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Volker Turk, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, told reporters in Geneva that a humanitarian pause in the fighting — as called for in a recent U.N. Security Council resolution — would not be enough. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Following Albanese's comments, Austrian Volker Türk, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, condemned on Thursday the rights violations in the Israel-Hamas war and concluded an international investigation was needed. Kyle Morris, Fox News, 16 Nov. 2023

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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 21 May. 2024.

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