Definition of embassy in English:


Syllabification: em·bas·sy
Pronunciation: /ˈembəsē

noun (plural embassies)

  • 1The official residence or offices of an ambassador: the Chilean embassy in Moscow
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    • There are about 1,530 business establishments in Makati, including 53 embassies and consular offices, enough to keep the city's bomb squad on their toes night and day.
    • A larger demonstration is due to take place today with protesters planning to march past the US ambassador's residence and the British embassy.
    • An official at the Malaysian embassy said that the factory which be would situated in Otjimuise in Windhoek, would be up and running by September.
    consulate, legation
  • 1.1The staff working in an embassy: the embassy denied any involvement in the murder
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    • The American embassy restricted its staff to the diplomatic quarters of their cities for all but essential duties.
    • Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada and several foreign embassies in Manila denied Thursday a Thai newspaper report that Estrada tried unsuccessfully to seek asylum abroad.
    • The embassy says its own staff have been advised against taking commercial planes.
  • 1.2The position or function of an ambassador.
  • 2chiefly • historical A deputation or mission sent by one ruler or state to another.
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    • The Greeks send an embassy to Achilles requesting his return to battle in exchange for treasure and an unharmed Briseis.
    • Aeschines was sent on an embassy to Megalopolis where he sought to dissuade the assembly of the Arcadians from dealings with Philip II.
    • They even sent an embassy to England's ally, the Duke of Burgundy, and implored him to protect them.
    envoy, representative, delegate, emissary; delegation, deputation, legation, mission, diplomatic mission


late 16th century (originally also as ambassy denoting the position of ambassador): from Old French ambasse, based on Latin ambactus 'servant'. Compare with ambassador.

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