Definition of embassy in English:


Line breaks: em|bassy
Pronunciation: /ˈɛmbəsi

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.
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.
2chiefly historical A deputation or mission sent by one ruler or state to another: Worsley failed to be selected to join the embassy to Sweden
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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, legate, delegate, emissary; delegation, deputation, delegacy, legation, (diplomatic) mission
archaic embassage


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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