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[li-gey-shuh n] /lɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
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
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English legacion < Latin lēgātiōn- (stem of lēgātiō) embassy. See legate, -ion
Related forms
[li-gey-shuh-ner-ee] /lɪˈgeɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • They had started as soon as Nelly's letter reached the legation.

    The Little Girl Lost Eleanor Raper
  • 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 Joseph Conrad
  • "I have nothing that is not addressed to a legation," said the other, trying to pass on.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Yes, he is attached to the legation, and sometimes here, sometimes at Naples.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • I arrived at his legation on the morning he was starting on leave.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • "At the Russian legation," said the Prince, haughtily, and turned away.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • Mrs. Steuben for a moment fixed her liquid eyes on the secretary of legation.

    Pandora Henry James
  • In the legation, as private secretary, he was liable to do Secretary's work.

British Dictionary definitions for legation


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
Derived Forms
legationary, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin lēgātiō, from lēgātuslegate
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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