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foreign service

noun, (often initial capital letters)
a division of the U.S. Department of State or of a foreign office that maintains diplomatic and consular posts and personnel in other countries.
Origin of foreign service
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Fortunately, by this time the period of his foreign service was all but at an end.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • At any rate, I shall go on hoping for foreign service of some sort.'

  • Laymen, too, are needed in great numbers in the foreign service.

    Thoughts on Missions

    Sheldon Dibble
  • He's been on foreign service almost ever since his marriage.

  • A few brief months ended the foreign service of both our young men.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for foreign service

foreign service

(mainly US) the diplomatic and usually consular personnel of a foreign affairs ministry or foreign office collectively who represent their country abroad, deal with foreign diplomats at home, etc
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foreign service in Culture

Foreign Service definition

The professional arm of the executive branch that supplies diplomats for the United States embassies and consulates around the world. Ambassadors, though officially members of the Foreign Service, are sometimes friends of the president of the United States appointed in gratitude for support given during elections.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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