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 Hoeck initially looked into the legation as a research project, determining that the Texas emissaries lived and worked at different boarding houses in Washington. Tom Benning, Dallas News, 3 Dec. 2020 His detailed letters, often written on picket in the Carolinas, were passed around the legation and parsed for clues. Sara Georgini, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Jan. 2020 Grosvenor Square, which served as the first American legation in Great Britain. Sara Georgini, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Jan. 2020 Contributing their own funds, the Buchanans spent lavishly on entertainment, putting the legation’s level of spending only slightly below that of embassies in London, Paris, and Rome. Ruth Buchanan soon adapted to life in trilingual Luxembourg. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2020 Humphries discovered that a British legation official in China wrote that the disease was actually influenza, in a 1918 report. . . . Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 4 May 2020 Yoga, jogging, surfing; a legation went inland to plant trees. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 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, 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, 3 July 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 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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