Did you perchance mean chargé d'affaires?
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. Chargés d′ affaires of this class constitute the third grade of foreign ministers, and are not accredited to the sovereign, but to the department for foreign affairs. See
- n. An officer or other person left in charge of any business or office during the temporary absence of the chief.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. the official temporarily in charge of a diplomatic mission in the absence of the ambassador
“Ole Bull accordingly played on one of them at a soiree given by the Duke of Riario, Italian charge d'affaires in Paris.”
“Alexander had given-orders to his ambassador to Charles IV. to continue his functions under King Joseph, the Swedish charge d'affaires at Hamburg told me that confidential letters received by him from Erfurt led him to fear that the Emperor Alexander had communicated to Napoleon his designs on Finland, and that Napoleon had given his consent to the occupation.”
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