legation

noun

le·​ga·​tion li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce legation (audio)
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 Fortuitously, that morning, a random telephone call got through to the embassy from the U.S. legation in Berne. Sam Roberts, Foreign Affairs, 2 June 2015 At issue are the diplomats who arrived from the Republic of Texas, the then-independent nation, to Washington, a then-foreign capital, in the mid-1800s to establish a legation – an outpost along the lines of an embassy – that ultimately helped secure Texas' annexation by the U.S. Tom Benning, Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2020 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

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of legation was in the 15th century

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“Legation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legation. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

legation

noun
le·​ga·​tion li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce legation (audio)
1
: a group of representatives sent to a foreign country
especially : one headed by a minister
2
: the official residence and office of such a group
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