the Foreign Service


: a part of the U.S. State Department that hires people (such as diplomats) to represent the government in foreign countries

Examples of the Foreign Service in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Palmer went to Yale, then worked in journalism, for a while, then joined the Foreign Service. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 15 May 2024 Despite serving in the Foreign Service as a diplomat and as an officer in the CIA, his first love was journalism, his wife said. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024 That helped launch me into a long and fortunate career in government, first in the Foreign Service and now at the CIA. William J. Burns, Foreign Affairs, 30 Jan. 2024 At the same time, the people who stuck it out, the professionals, the Foreign Service officers and the civil service officials, they should be rewarded as well because that was not an easy time. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Foreign Affairs, 23 Mar. 2021 If that wasn’t confusing enough, one day Stewart’s father got a letter from the State Department addressed to yet a third Herbert Block, who was in the Foreign Service. John Kelly, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2023 Then joined the Foreign Service, which posted him to Paris. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 12 July 2023 In 1959, after two years in the Marine Corps, Mr. Carter gave up plans to go into the Foreign Service and returned to Greenville. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 12 May 2023 Even took the Foreign Service exam that summer and went pretty far in it. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2023

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“The Foreign Service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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