Definition of ambassador in English:

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Pronunciation: /amˈbasədər/


1An accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country: the French ambassador to Portugal
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  • He also indicated that various foreign ambassadors and high commissioners had expressed similar sentiments.
  • Benjamin Franklin was the US ambassador to absolutist France after the American Revolution.
  • It was conducted by a diplomat who had served as an ambassador to three African countries.
envoy, plenipotentiary, emissary, (papal) nuncio, representative, high commissioner, consul, consul general, diplomat
archaic legate
1.1A person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity: he is a good ambassador for the industry
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  • The first goal is promoting our profession to the public as ambassadors of the environment and community.
  • It is five months since the Duke of York visited Thrall as he began his new role as a special ambassador for trade and industry.
  • I have been approached to be one of the ambassadors for an anti-smoking campaign.
campaigner, representative, promoter, champion, supporter, backer, booster



Pronunciation: /amˌbasəˈdôrēəl/
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  • He then embarked upon a year in Prague, where his mother's ambassadorial connections secured a year-long internship as a trainee diplomat with the European Commission.
  • A wooden fence around the ambassadorial residence gives it privacy and a suburban hominess.
  • It is a great honour to learn that I have been given my first ambassadorial appointment.


Pronunciation: /amˈbasədərˌSHip/
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  • This post, in my judgment, will be one of the most consequential ambassadorships in American history.
  • We need to get our ambassadorship to the UN to help with reform.
  • He was rewarded with the ambassadorship to Italy - despite an astounding lack of diplomatic skills.


Late Middle English: from French ambassadeur, from Italian ambasciator, based on Latin ambactus 'servant'.

  • embassy from late 16th century:

    Originally this had the spelling variant ambassy, showing its relationship to Late Middle English ambassador (which is also found spelt embassador), and as well as being an official residence, it denoted the position of ambassador or the sending out of ambassadors. The source is Old French ambasse, based on Latin ambactus ‘servant’.

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Syllabification: am·bas·sa·dor

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