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am·bas·sa·dor

 (ăm-băs′ə-dər, -dôr′)
n.
1. A diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and accredited as representative in residence by one government or sovereign to another, usually for a specific length of time.
2. A diplomatic official heading his or her country's permanent mission to certain international organizations, such as the United Nations.
3. An authorized messenger or representative.
4. An unofficial representative: ambassadors of goodwill.

[Middle English ambassadour, from Old French ambassadeur, from Medieval Latin ambactia, mission, from Latin ambactus, servant, ultimately of Celtic origin; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

am·bas′sa·do′ri·al (-dôr′ē-əl) adj.
am·bas′sa·dor·ship′ n.

ambassador

(æmˈbæsədə)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) short for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary; a diplomatic minister of the highest rank, accredited as permanent representative to another country or sovereign
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) ambassador extraordinary a diplomatic minister of the highest rank sent on a special mission
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) ambassador plenipotentiary a diplomatic minister of the first rank with treaty-signing powers
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) ambassador-at-large US an ambassador with special duties who may be sent to more than one government
5. an authorized representative or messenger
[C14: from Old French ambassadeur, from Italian ambasciator, from Old Provençal ambaisador, from ambaisa (unattested) mission, errand; see embassy]
amˈbassadress fem n
ambassadorial adj
amˈbassadorˌship n
Usage: The gender-neutral form is ambassador

am•bas•sa•dor

(æmˈbæs ə dər, -ˌdɔr)

n.
1. a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative (ambas′sador extraor′dinary and plenipoten′tiary), or sent on a special or temporary mission.
2. a diplomatic official serving as permanent head of a country's mission to the United Nations or some other international organization.
3. an authorized messenger or representative.
[1325–75; Middle English am-, embass(i)adour < Anglo-French ambassateur, ambassaduer < Italian ambassatore]
am•bas`sa•do′ri•al (-ˈdɔr i əl, -ˈdoʊr-) adj.
am•bas′sa•dor•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ambassador - a diplomat of the highest rankambassador - a diplomat of the highest rank; accredited as representative from one country to another
ambassadress - a woman ambassador
diplomat, diplomatist - an official engaged in international negotiations
2.ambassador - an informal representative; "an ambassador of good will"
spokesperson, representative, interpreter, voice - an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"

ambassador

noun representative, minister, agent, deputy, diplomat, envoy, consul, attaché, emissary, legate, plenipotentiary the German ambassador to Poland
Quotations
"An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth" [Henry Wotton]
Translations
سَفِيرسفراءسفير
velvyslanec
ambassadør
BotschafterAmbassadeur
lähettiläs
veleposlanikveleposlanica
nagykövet
sendiherra
大使
대사
legatus
ambasadoriausambasadorius
vēstnieks
veľvyslanec
veleposlanikambasador
ambassadör
เอกอัครราชฑูต
đại sứ

ambassador

[æmˈbæsədəʳ] Nembajador(a) m/f (fig) → embajador(a) m/f, representante mf (for de) the Spanish ambassadorel embajador de España

ambassador

[æmˈbæsədər] n
(lit) [country] → ambassadeur/drice m/f
the French ambassador → l'ambassadeur/drice m/f de France
the French ambassador to Russia → l'ambassadeur/drice m/f de France en Russie
(fig) (= representative) → ambassadeur/drice m/f

ambassador

nBotschafter(in) m(f); (fig)Repräsentant(in) m(f), → Vertreter(in) m(f)

ambassador

[æmˈbæsədəʳ] nambasciatore/trice

ambassador

(amˈbӕsədə) feminine amˈbassadress noun
the government minister appointed to act for his government in another country. the British Ambassador to Italy.
amˌbassaˈdorial (-ˈdoː-) adjective

ambassador

سَفِير velvyslanec ambassadør Botschafter πρέσβης embajador lähettiläs ambassadeur veleposlanik ambasciatore 大使 대사 ambassadeur ambassadør ambasador embaixador посол ambassadör เอกอัครราชฑูต büyükelçi đại sứ 大使
References in classic literature ?
If my esteemed neighbor, the State's ambassador, who will devote his days to the settlement of the question of human rights in the Council Chamber, instead of being threatened with the prisons of Carolina, were to sit down the prisoner of Massachusetts, that State which is so anxious to foist the sin of slavery upon her sister--though at present she can discover only an act of inhospitality to be the ground of a quarrel with her--the Legislature would not wholly waive the subject of the following winter.
A negotiation was opened through the medium of the ambassador, Sam; and after much pacing to and fro, till, I think, the said Sam's calves must have ached with the exercise, permission was at last, with great difficulty, extorted from the rigorous Sibyl, for the three to wait upon her in a body.
It was in this hall that Harold returned the magnanimous answer to the ambassador of his rebel brother.
His father had been our ambassador at Madrid when Isabella was young and Prim unthought of, but had retired from the diplomatic service in a capricious moment of annoyance on not being offered the Embassy at Paris, a post to which he considered that he was fully entitled by reason of his birth, his indolence, the good English of his dispatches, and his inordinate passion for pleasure.
de La Borderie, the ambassador, has no eyes to see with?
Now the Sultan of the Indies, curious to see a young prince with such strange tastes, sent an ambassador to my father, laden with rich presents, and a warm invitation to visit his court.
The general presented the ambassador with a rich robe, and returned this gallant answer: "That he and his fellow-soldiers were come with an intention to drive Mahomet out of these countries, which he had wrongfully usurped; that his present design was, instead of returning back the way he came, as Mahomet advised, to open himself a passage through the country of his enemies; that Mahomet should rather think of determining whether he would fight or yield up his ill-gotten territories, than of prescribing measures to him; that he put his whole confidence in the omnipotence of God and the justice of his cause, and that to show how just a sense he had of Mahomet's kindness, he took the liberty of presenting him with a looking-glass and a pair of pincers.
Others were ordered by the Daily News, the Persian Ambassador, and five or six lords and baronets.
I do not understand that Latin," answered Don Quixote, "but I know well I did not lay hands, only this pike; besides, I did not think I was committing an assault upon priests or things of the Church, which, like a Catholic and faithful Christian as I am, I respect and revere, but upon phantoms and spectres of the other world; but even so, I remember how it fared with Cid Ruy Diaz when he broke the chair of the ambassador of that king before his Holiness the Pope, who excommunicated him for the same; and yet the good Roderick of Vivar bore himself that day like a very noble and valiant knight.
The term ambassador, if taken strictly, as seems to be required by the second of the articles of Confederation, comprehends the highest grade only of public ministers, and excludes the grades which the United States will be most likely to prefer, where foreign embassies may be necessary.
In a moment I saw how things stood, and took a diplomatic course that would have done credit to an old ambassador.
The ambassador of the King of Tibet, followed by twenty retainers, seeing the Prime Minister pass, stopped him, and asked for provisions.