chargé d'affaires

[shahr-zhey duh-fair, shahr-zhey; French shar-zhey da-fer]

noun, plural char·gés d'af·faires [shahr-zheyz duh-fair, shahr-zheyz; French shar-zhey da-fer] /ʃɑrˈʒeɪz dəˈfɛər, ˈʃɑr ʒeɪz; French ʃar ʒeɪ daˈfɛr/. Government.

Also called chargé d'affaires ad interim. an official placed in charge of diplomatic business during the temporary absence of the ambassador or minister.
an envoy to a state to which a diplomat of higher grade is not sent.

Nearby words

  1. charged particle,
  2. chargeful,
  3. charger,
  4. chargrill,
  5. chargé,
  6. chari,
  7. chari-nile,
  8. charidee,
  9. charikar,
  10. charily

Origin of chargé d'affaires

1760–70; < French: literally, one in charge of things

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British Dictionary definitions for charge d'affaires ad interim

chargé d'affaires

noun plural chargés d'affaires (ˈʃɑːʒeɪ, -ʒeɪz, French ʃarʒe)

the temporary head of a diplomatic mission in the absence of the ambassador or minister
the head of a diplomatic mission of the lowest level

Word Origin for chargé d'affaires

C18: from French: (one) charged with affairs

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