ambassador

[ am-bas-uh-der, -dawr ]
/ æmˈbæs ə dər, -ˌdɔr /

noun

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

1325–75; Middle English am-, embass(i)adour, imbassadore < Anglo-French ambassateur, ambassaduer < Italian ambassatore, dialectal Italian ambassadore, equivalent to ambass- (see embassy) -atore, -adore < Latin -ātōrem accusative of -ātor -ator

Related forms

am·bas·sa·do·ri·al [am-bas-uh-dawr-ee-uh l, -dohr-] /æmˌbæs əˈdɔr i əl, -ˈdoʊr-/, adjectiveam·bas·sa·do·ri·al·ly, adverbam·bas·sa·dor·ship, nounpre·am·bas·sa·do·ri·al, adjective

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noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ambassadors

ambassador

/ (æmˈbæsədə) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

ambassadress, fem nambassadorial (æmˌbæsəˈdɔːrɪəl), adjectiveambassadorship, noun

Word Origin for ambassador

C14: from Old French ambassadeur, from Italian ambasciator, from Old Provençal ambaisador, from ambaisa (unattested) mission, errand; see embassy

usage

The gender-neutral form is ambassador
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