high commissioner


Definition of 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 The European Union’s high commissioner for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, wrote in The New York Times that Europe should stand on its own two feet, free from its American nanny, whose attention seemed to be drifting. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 But other countries' leaders had still found time to talk to each other -- by Wednesday, Merkel had spoken to the leaders of Britain, France, Italy, Pakistan, Qatar and the United Nations' high commissioner for refugees. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021 Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights, noted both the Taliban's vows and the fear of those now under their rule. USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 Fortunately, James Conant, then the US high commissioner to West Germany and a former Harvard president, intervened to secure his release, and sent Mr. Kass on his way with stern admonition. BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2021 Although the government released some prisoners, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights in early April called for the release of all political detainees at risk because of covid-19. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 More than 60,000 have crossed the border into neighboring Sudan, and the U.N. high commissioner for human rights has asked for access to Tigray to investigate possible war crimes. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2021 In June, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, said the coronavirus crisis had further exposed refugees’ vulnerabilities, stripping away their hope for a better future. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 1 Oct. 2020 Alexander Downer, an erstwhile Australian high commissioner who advocates taking a tough line on Europe, is chairman of Policy Exchange, a think-tank close to Downing Street. The Economist, 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of high commissioner

1606, in the meaning defined above

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“High commissioner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20commissioner. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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