minister plenipotentiary


plural ministers plenipotentiary
: a diplomatic agent ranking below an ambassador but possessing full power and authority

Examples of minister plenipotentiary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1893, President Grover Cleveland chose him to be the U.S. minister plenipotentiary to the Ottoman Empire. David Owen, The New Yorker, 2 Jan. 2024 Nigeria's Ministry of Aviation did not respond to a request for comment but Godfrey Odudigbo, minister plenipotentiary at the Nigerian embassy in Addis Ababa, said that negotiations over Arik could be concluded by the end of the year. Kieron Monks, CNN, 31 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of minister plenipotentiary was in 1783

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“Minister plenipotentiary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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