- 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
Related Words for ambassadordiplomat, emissary, deputy, plenipotentiary, consul, envoy, agent, minister
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Contemporary Examples of ambassador
The spokesman also said that Ambassador King “did not view the movie and did not have any contact directly with Sony.”
But an email dated July 10 from Ambassador King to Bennett (who then forwarded it to Lynton), says otherwise.
The U.S. will reopen an embassy in Havana, meaning an ambassador will be appointed.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
He was eventually allowed to leave, but he was forced to resign as ambassador and now lives in Washington, effectively in exile.Pakistan’s Dance With Terrorists Just Backfired and Killed 132 Children
December 17, 2014
Ambassador Shirley Temple Black attributed this to the “deeply risk-averse psychology of the Czech people.”How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of ambassador
He gives his ambassador a sum on which a private gentleman can live, and no more.
I should think so—involving the Ambassador of a foreign power!The Secret Agent
"And his own too, sometimes, I believe," answered the ambassador drily.
"You find the scene strange, Marquis," said the ambassador, glancing at him shrewdly.
One who serves his country by residing abroad, yet is not an ambassador.The Devil's Dictionary
- 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 for ambassador
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.