Definition of chargé d'affaires in English:

chargé d'affaires

Syllabification: char·gé d'af·faires
Pronunciation: /SHärˌZHā däˈfer
(also chargé)

noun (plural chargés d'affaires /SHärˈzā(z)/)

  • 1A diplomatic official who temporarily takes the place of an ambassador.
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    • Wilson had been the chargé d' affaires in Baghdad in 1990 and an ambassador to two African countries before joining President Clinton's National Security Council as a senior specialist on Africa.
    • Finn Forsberg, the chargé d' affaires at the Swedish Embassy, said the international community cannot take the lead in ending the war.
    • In December the Romanian chargé in Stockholm, George Duca, contacted the British and American ministers in the name of Maniu and Brtianu.
  • 1.1A state’s diplomatic representative in a minor country.
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    • The government sent a chargé d' affaires to re-establish a diplomatic presence in the country.
    • One example of this official support came from the chargé d' affaires at the Libyan Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.
    • Stephen Evans is the British chargé d' affaires in Kabul


mid 18th century: French, '(a person) in charge of affairs'.

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