[ dip-luh-mat ]
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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.

Origin of diplomat

First recorded in 1805–15; from French diplomate, back formation from diplomatique diplomatic

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British Dictionary definitions for diplomat


/ (ˈdɪpləˌmæt) /

  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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