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.

Nearby words

  1. diploid,
  2. diploidy,
  3. diploma,
  4. diploma mill,
  5. diplomacy,
  6. diplomate,
  7. diplomatic,
  8. diplomatic bag,
  9. diplomatic corps,
  10. diplomatic immunity

Origin of diplomat

1805–15; < French diplomate, back formation from diplomatique diplomatic

Can be confuseddiplomat diplomate

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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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