- a body of persons entrusted with a mission to a sovereign or government, especially an ambassador and his or her staff.
- the official headquarters of an ambassador.
- the function or office of an ambassador.
- a mission headed by an ambassador.
Origin of embassy
Examples from the Web for embassy
On May 9, which Moscow commemorates as World War II “Victory Day,” Klaus paid a highly visible visit to the Russian Embassy.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
The Greek embassy confirmed the death, which has barely registered by the international press.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
The U.S. will reopen an embassy in Havana, meaning an ambassador will be appointed.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
I asked him to describe the U.S. mission that will likely revert back to the embassy it was more than a half century ago.Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba
December 18, 2014
I eventually left the West Bank for Jordan with a visa I obtained from the French embassy.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
The embassy occupies but one of them, where it heaps up its dusty archives.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
You see the expediency, the necessity of my accepting this embassy.
Every thing is arranged for my embassy, and the day is fixed for our leaving England.
He received an appointment on the staff of the London embassy.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
He led me to his Majesty at once, and there and then my embassy was announced.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- the residence or place of official business of an ambassador
- an ambassador and his entourage collectively
- the position, business, or mission of an ambassador
- any important or official mission, duty, etc, esp one undertaken by an agent
Word Origin and History for embassy
1570s, "position of an ambassador," from Middle French embassee "mission, charge, office of ambassador," Old French ambassee, from Italian ambasciata, from Old Provençal ambaisada "office of ambassador," from Gaulish *ambactos "dependant, vassal," literally "one going around," from PIE *amb(i)-ag-to, from *ambi- (see ambi-) + *ambi- "around" (see ambi-) + *ag- "to drive, move" (see act (n.)).
Meaning "official residence and retinue of an ambassador" is from 1764. In earlier use were embassade (late 15c.), ambassade (early 15c.).