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1. A diplomatic delegation.
2. Archaic An embassy.

[Middle English ambassage, office or function of an ambassador, possibly variant of ambassade, from Old French ambassade, ambaxade, from Old Spanish ambaxada or Old Provençal ambaissada, both from Medieval Latin ambactiāta, from ambactia; see ambassador.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the work of an ambassador, or the message conveyed by an ambassador
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the position of an ambassador
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(ˈɛm bə si)

n., pl. -sies.
1. the official headquarters of an ambassador.
2. the function or office of an ambassador.
3. a mission headed by an ambassador.
4. a body of persons sent on a diplomatic mission.
[1570–80; variant of ambassy < Middle French ambassee « Old Provençal ambaissada, ultimately derivative, via Germanic of Gallo-Latin ambactus retainer, servant]
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With reference to diplomacy, all Napoleon's arguments as to his magnanimity and justice, both to Tutolmin and to Yakovlev (whose chief concern was to obtain a greatcoat and a conveyance), proved useless; Alexander did not receive these envoys and did not reply to their embassage.
When Tigranes the Armenian, being encamped upon a hill with four hundred thousand men, discovered the army of the Romans, being not above fourteen thousand, marching towards him, he made himself merry with it, and said, Yonder men are too many for an embassage, and too few for a fight.