- a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative (ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary).
- a diplomatic official of the highest rank sent by a government to represent it on a temporary mission, as for negotiating a treaty.
- a diplomatic official serving as permanent head of a country's mission to the United Nations or some other international organization.
- an authorized messenger or representative. Abbreviation: Amb., amb.
Origin of ambassador
- a novel (1903) by Henry James.
Examples from the Web for ambassadors
Recently, the White House has been pushing the speedy confirmation of ambassadors to countries Obama is set to visit.Obama Confidant To Be Next Ambassador To South Korea
May 1, 2014
Perry had come upstairs after a meeting with ambassadors from Texas and about 75 New York businesspeople considering a move.Rick Perry Is Coming for Your Job
April 24, 2014
The basketball sneaker has a long and lucrative history, especially for the sportsmen who become the brands' ambassadors.How Sneaker Culture Conquered the World
March 16, 2014
U.S. should hire my teen daughter to text messages between State Department and U.S. ambassadors.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Valentine’s Day and Oral Hygiene
P. J. O’Rourke
February 14, 2014
I have been one of the ambassadors of your civic resistance, your civilian and military resistance.Bernard-Henri Levy Celebrates the Fraternity of Sarajevo Citizenship
November 30, 2013
The ambassadors have gone to Norway and returned; but Hamlet has done nothing.A Dish Of Orts
He then went aside with his two ambassadors, with a view to give his instructions.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
The ambassadors said further, that the people were ready to burn their houses.The Life of Flavius Josephus
Yet Cesare met the ambassadors in a spirit of splendid generosity.The Life of Cesare Borgia
On this wise the ambassadors were acquitted of all concern in the matter and dismissed.Hellenica
- short for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary; a diplomatic minister of the highest rank, accredited as permanent representative to another country or sovereign
- ambassador extraordinary a diplomatic minister of the highest rank sent on a special mission
- ambassador plenipotentiary a diplomatic minister of the first rank with treaty-signing powers
- ambassador-at-large US an ambassador with special duties who may be sent to more than one government
- an authorized representative or messenger
Word Origin and History for ambassadors
late 14c., also embassador, from Middle French ambassadeur, from Old French embassator, via Provençal or Old Spanish from Latin ambactus "a servant, vassal," from Celtic amb(i)actos "a messenger, servant," from PIE *ambhi- "about" (see ambi-) + *ag- "drive, lead" (see act (v.)). Cf. embassy. Forms in am- and em- were used indiscriminately 17c.-18c.