minister plenipotentiary

plural ministers plenipotentiary

Definition of minister 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 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, "Ethiopian Airlines plot takeover of Nigeria's flagship fleet," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of minister plenipotentiary

1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Minister plenipotentiary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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