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



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Origin of attaché

1825–35; <French: literally, attached, past participle of attacher to attach
attach, attaché
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British Dictionary definitions for attaché

/ (əˈtæʃeɪ, French ataʃe) /


a specialist attached to a diplomatic missionmilitary attaché
British a junior member of the staff of an embassy or legation
C19: from French: someone attached (to a mission), from attacher to attach
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for 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.

Some nations disguise spies as attachés.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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