- a diplomatic minister and staff in a foreign mission.
- the official headquarters of a diplomatic minister.
- the office or position of a legate; mission.
Origin of legation
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Examples from the Web for legation
He took her under his wing, designating her the Spanish legation interpreter.The Week in Death: Suzanne Gelleri Dear
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They had started as soon as Nelly's letter reached the Legation.The Little Girl Lost
The Legation trembles at it—the Commessario says it is 'Peri-colosissimo!'
He was the doctor of our Legation and, of course, of the Consulate, too.The Shadow-Line
"I have nothing that is not addressed to a legation," said the other, trying to pass on.
Yes, he is attached to the Legation, and sometimes here, sometimes at Naples.
- a diplomatic mission headed by a minister
- the official residence and office of a diplomatic minister
- the act of sending forth a diplomatic envoy
- the mission or business of a diplomatic envoy
- the rank or office of a legate
C15: from Latin lēgātiō, from lēgātus legate
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Word Origin and History for legation
mid-15c., from Old French legation and directly from Latin legationem (nominative legatio) "the office of an ambassador," noun of action from past participle stem of legare (see legate).
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