[ li-gey-shuh n ]
/ lɪˈgeɪ ʃən /


a diplomatic minister and staff in a foreign mission.
the official headquarters of a diplomatic minister.
the office or position of a legate; mission.

Origin of legation

1425–75; late Middle English legacion < Latin lēgātiōn- (stem of lēgātiō) embassy. See legate, -ion
Related formsle·ga·tion·ar·y [li-gey-shuh-ner-ee] /lɪˈgeɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for legation


/ (lɪˈɡeɪʃən) /


a diplomatic mission headed by a minister
the official residence and office of a diplomatic minister
the act of sending forth a diplomatic envoy
the mission or business of a diplomatic envoy
the rank or office of a legate
Derived Formslegationary, adjective

Word Origin for legation

C15: from Latin lēgātiō, from lēgātus legate
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Word Origin and History for legation



mid-15c., from Old French legation and directly from Latin legationem (nominative legatio) "the office of an ambassador," noun of action from past participle stem of legare (see legate).

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