- 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 ambassadorship
Contemporary Examples of ambassadorship
Under the current president and his predecessor, Jett notes, the ambassadorship of Belize has gone to college roommates.U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
January 2, 2015
Nyamayaro was the one who offered Watson the ambassadorship, and has handled her relationship with the UN ever since.From Hermione to U.N. Heroine: Emma Watson’s ‘Badass’ Transformation
September 22, 2014
This is promising since he already has established trust with Israel from his ambassadorship.What Should We Expect From Martin Indyk?
July 24, 2013
Sembler was lampooned as a wealthy airhead who basically won the ambassadorship at auction.Mel Sembler: Mitt Romney’s Florida Fat Cat
August 24, 2012
“The ambassadorship to China… changes the whole way the country will look at Jon Huntsman,” says Jowers.The Next McCain?
May 18, 2009
Historical Examples of ambassadorship
You should have been a diplomat, Croyden—nothing less than an Ambassadorship for you, my boy!In Her Own Right
John Reed Scott
There's an ugly story going about privately as to how he got the ambassadorship.The Great God Success
John Graham (David Graham Phillips)
I shall be Governor of this State, next a foreign mission, an ambassadorship.Mark Gildersleeve
John S. Sauzade
He may have received an appointment to an Ambassadorship in Mexico, but I have not heard of it.The Indians' Last Fight
"The ladies here tell me you make a bad hand at ambassadorship," said I to him.The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two
- 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.