Definition of legation in English:

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Pronunciation: /lɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/


1A diplomatic minister, especially one below the rank of ambassador, and their staff: they placed a bomb on the train carrying the British Legation to Istanbul
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  • Neutrality itself was certainly taken too far when, on the death of Hitler, de Valera presented the state's condolences to the German legation.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs responded by issuing the following memo to all Irish legations and consulates abroad.
  • From 1931 to 1976 he worked in various diplomatic legations in Moscow.
diplomatic mission, mission, embassy, consulate, ministry, delegation, deputation, representation, contingent, commission;
1.1The official residence of a diplomatic minister.
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  • The soldiers at the legation stayed in their tents to maintain the appearance that they were guarding something.
embassy, consulate, diplomatic establishment
2 archaic The position or office of legate; a legateship.
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  • Mary found herself denounced by the pope as ‘the wife of a schismatic’, Cardinal Pole's legation was revoked, and he was summoned to Rome to answer charges of heresy.
  • In 1528, the new cardinal moved to Rome and remained there until September 1535, when the newly elected Paul III assigned him the papal legation to Perugia.


Late Middle English (denoting the sending of a papal legate; also the mission itself): from Latin legatio(n-), from legare 'depute, delegate, bequeath'.

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