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 The Harrison administration in turn removed the US legation from Rome. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Handwritten letters in neat cursive from officials in the Chinese legation to Thomas Bayard, the Secretary of State, read like a diary of violence. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Those who accepted, agreed not to pursue legation action against Epstein's estate. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 9 Aug. 2021 During the pandemic, the legation quickly switched to online events, bringing Moroccan musicians to audiences around the world and allowing those of us longing for an escape to whisk away, if just for an hour or two. Graham Cornwell, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2021 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 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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