Definition of diplomat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdipləˌmat/


1An official representing a country abroad.
Example sentences
  • Government leaders, senior officials and diplomats attended the ceremony.
  • The news will come as a blow in London where senior officials and diplomats believed a new resolution was possible by last week.
  • The officials and diplomats spoke anonymously because of the delicacy of the negotiations on what tack to take on Iran.
1.1A person who can deal with people in a sensitive and effective way.
Example sentences
  • You need to be an organiser, negotiator, diplomat and entertainer, ready to deal with anything and everything.


Early 19th century: from French diplomate, back-formation from diplomatique 'diplomatic', from Latin diploma (see diploma).

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Syllabification: dip·lo·mat

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