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charge d'affaires

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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A diplomatic representative, or minister of an inferior grade, accredited by the government of one state to the minister of foreign affairs of another; also, a substitute, ad interim, for an ambassador or minister plenipotentiary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • One who transacts diplomatic business at a foreign court during the absence of his superior, the ambassador or minister.
  • An envoy to a state to which a diplomatist of a higher grade is not sent.
  • n. An officer or other person left in charge of any business or office during the temporary absence of the chief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the official temporarily in charge of a diplomatic mission in the absence of the ambassador

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