le·​ga·​tion | \ li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce legation (audio) \

Definition of legation

1 : the sending forth of a legate
2 : a body of deputies sent on a mission specifically : a diplomatic mission in a foreign country headed by a minister
3 : the official residence and office of a diplomatic minister in a foreign country

Examples of legation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Humphries discovered that a British legation official in China wrote that the disease was actually influenza, in a 1918 report. . . . Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "China in 2020 Is Not Kansas in 1918," 4 May 2020 Yoga, jogging, surfing; a legation went inland to plant trees. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Survivor’s Guilt in the Mountains," 24 Feb. 2020 The Legation building, in the heart of the city’s ancient medina, was gifted to the States by Sultan Moulay Sulemin in 1821 and housed the legation and consulate for 140 years. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "An Exhibition in Tangier Pays Tribute to Design World Darling Charles Sevigny," 3 Aug. 2018 The flag is also ordered lowered abroad at embassies, legations, consular offices and other facilities, the White House said. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Trump orders flags at half-staff in honor of Capital Gazette victims," 3 July 2018 Two years later, Almonte was dispatched as a part of the legation to London and was instrumental in negotiating a commercial treaty with England in 1825. Robert Kolarik, San Antonio Express-News, "Now is the time for Texas independence," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of legation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Legation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legation. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of legation

: a group of government officials sent to work in a foreign country also : the building where such a group works

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