attaché

[ a-ta-shey, at-uh- or, esp. British, uh-tash-ey ]
/ æ tæˈʃeɪ, ˌæt ə- or, esp. British, əˈtæʃ eɪ /

noun

a diplomatic official attached to an embassy or legation, especially in a technical capacity: a commercial attaché; a cultural attaché.
a military officer who is assigned to a diplomatic post in a foreign country in order to gather military information: an air attaché; an army attaché; a naval attaché.
Also at·ta·che. attaché case.

Origin of attaché

1825–35; < French: literally, attached, past participle of attacher to attach

Can be confused

attach attaché
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British Dictionary definitions for attache

attaché

/ (əˈtæʃeɪ, French ataʃe) /

noun

a specialist attached to a diplomatic missionmilitary attaché
British a junior member of the staff of an embassy or legation

Word Origin for attaché

C19: from French: someone attached (to a mission), from attacher to attach
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Culture definitions for attache

attaché

[ (a-ta-shay, at-uh-shay) ]

A diplomatic officer attached to an embassy or consulate. Most attachés have specialties, such as military attachés, cultural attachés, economic attachés, and so forth.

Note

Some nations disguise spies as attachés.
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