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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
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Chairs were set with the aid of footmen, moving almost imperceptibly about the room; the party settled itself, divided into two groups: one round the samovar near the hostess, the other at the opposite end of the drawing room, round the handsome wife of an ambassador, in black velvet, with sharply defined black eyebrows.
Monsieur the Ambassador is mistaking me for another.
Robert Blaine-Harvey, American Ambassador and Plenipotentiary Extraordinary to England, was a man of great culture, surprising personal gifts, and with a diplomatic instinct which amounted almost to genius.
The American Ambassador, General Horace Porter, presided at the banquet.
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.
So forgetting ambassador, embassy and prince, his first thought was of the gold.
Therefore these laws and customs, which be so far different from all other nations, how divers fancies also and minds they do cause, did I never so plainly perceive, as in the Ambassadors of the Anemolians.
Ambassadors arrive from the emperor of Blefuscu, and sue for peace.
The only remaining powers of the Executive are comprehended in giving information to Congress of the state of the Union; in recommending to their consideration such measures as he shall judge expedient; in convening them, or either branch, upon extraordinary occasions; in adjourning them when they cannot themselves agree upon the time of adjournment; in receiving ambassadors and other public ministers; in faithfully executing the laws; and in commissioning all the officers of the United States.
THE FROGS, grieved at having no established Ruler, sent ambassadors to Jupiter entreating for a King.
Be this as it may, and it is hard to fathom the real policy of governors and princes, M'Dougal despatched two of the clerks as ambassadors extraordinary, to wait upon the one-eyed chieftain, and make overtures for the hand of his daughter.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.