[ li-gey-shuhn ]
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  1. a diplomatic minister and staff in a foreign mission.

  2. the official headquarters of a diplomatic minister.

  1. 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

Other words from legation

  • le·ga·tion·ar·y [li-gey-shuh-ner-ee], /lɪˈgeɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for legation


/ (lɪˈɡeɪʃən) /

  1. a diplomatic mission headed by a minister

  2. the official residence and office of a diplomatic minister

  1. the act of sending forth a diplomatic envoy

  2. the mission or business of a diplomatic envoy

  3. the rank or office of a legate

Origin of legation

C15: from Latin lēgātiō, from lēgātus legate

Derived forms of legation

  • legationary, adjective

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