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  1. a person appointed by a national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries.
  2. a person who is tactful and skillful in managing delicate situations, handling people, etc.
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Origin of diplomat

1805–15; < French diplomate, back formation from diplomatique diplomatic
Can be confuseddiplomat diplomate
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  • Yates was naturally too much of a diplomat to begin awkwardly.

  • His talents as a diplomat, such as they were, were needed continually.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • But your Majesty knows me as a blunt man, when I serve him not as diplomat, but as friend.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • I have no delicatesse as a diplomat, but I go blind on Libertad!

  • Hillard understood this pantomime; the diplomat had been a share-holder.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for diplomat


  1. an official, such as an ambassador or first secretary, engaged in diplomacy
  2. a person who deals with people tactfully or skilfully
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Word Origin and History for diplomat


1813, from French diplomate, a back-formation from diplomatique (see diplomatic) on model of aristocrate from aristocratique.

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