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1. The diplomatic and consular staff of the United States.
2. foreign service The diplomatic and consular personnel of a nation's foreign office.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly US the diplomatic and usually consular personnel of a foreign affairs ministry or foreign office collectively who represent their country abroad, deal with foreign diplomats at home, etc
(often caps.) a division of the U.S. Department of State or of a foreign office that supplies diplomatic and consular personnel.
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|Noun||1.||Foreign Service - the part of the State Department that supplies diplomats for the United States embassies and consulates around the world|
Department of State, DoS, State Department, United States Department of State, State - the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies; "the Department of State was created in 1789"
bureau, federal agency, government agency, agency, office, authority - an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
accredit - provide or send (envoys or embassadors) with official credentials