- 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
Examples from the Web for ambassadorial
Contemporary Examples of ambassadorial
What was once ambassadorial now counts as beyond the pale, at least for anyone who moves in mainstream circles.Real Men Wear Velvet: The Peacock Male
February 5, 2011
Within the last yea,r the Verveers added another title and joined an exclusive club—they became an ambassadorial duo.Hillary Deploys a Friend in the Fight for Women's Rights
March 12, 2010
George W. Bush gave nearly 50 “Rangers” and “Pioneers” ambassadorial posts.
President Kennedy had less than 100 ambassadorial positions to fill.
Historical Examples of ambassadorial
That question also was to be decided by the Ambassadorial conference.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
The use of spies as an auxiliary to ambassadorial work was general.A History of Spain
Charles E. Chapman
Now, I realize that diplomats of ambassadorial degree do not snort.Our Square and the People in It
Samuel Hopkins Adams
You will also mingle freely in Ambassadorial and foreign circles.Frenzied Fiction
The Ambassadorial family has just left, with a good many people to see them off, chiefly officials.Polly the Pagan
- 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.