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

Origin of diplomat

1805–15; < French diplomate, back formation from diplomatique diplomatic
Can be confuseddiplomat diplomate
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Historical Examples of diplomat

  • 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!

  • The diplomat touched him on the arm significantly, but the player shook his head.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for diplomat



an official, such as an ambassador or first secretary, engaged in diplomacy
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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