American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Archaic An embassy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The business or mission of an ambassador; embassy.
- n. The commission or charge of a messenger; a message.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An embassy.
- n. Message; errand.
- Middle English ambassage, office or function of an ambassador, possibly variant of ambassade, from Old French ambassade, ambaxade, from Old Spanish ambaxada or Old Provençal ambaissada, both from Medieval Latin ambactiāta, from ambactia; see ambassador. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Brand and Gervais, fellow countrymen, come to these shores in the embassage of two very different types of Englishness.”
“And here is Brother Cadfael of the Shrewsbury Benedictines,' said Tudur heartily, placing Cadfael close at the high table, 'with an embassage to you, my lord, from that town and shire.”
“John, son to Hugh's mother's younger sister, a gangling youth of nineteen, rode into the castle stiff with the dignity of the embassage with which he was entrusted, and reported himself ceremoniously to Hugh.”
“Cadfael, listening, thought that Archbishop Theobald would be highly content with the result of his embassage.”
“Hugh Beringar had ridden down from his house in the town as soon as word of Brother Mark's arrival had reached him, not because the sheriff had any official business in this clerical embassage, but for the pleasure of seeing again a young man he held in affectionate remembrance, and to whom, in this present instance, he might be able to give some help and advice.”
“But whatever they had discussed and contemplated in retaliation suddenly hung in abeyance when Turcaill, grinning and glowing with his astonishing embassage, walked in upon their counsels to announce: "My lords, here on the threshold is Owain Gwynedd in his own royal person, asking speech with you.”
“Chapter Twelve The expected embassage came with the dawn, and it was the marshall who brought it.”
“Herbard needed only to be told that an envoy from the abbot was bound into Oswestry and beyond, and he added an embassage of his own to his sheriff.”
“Philipson marked with much interest the effect which this most unexpected intimation produced on the members of the embassage.”
“Woe is me! why have I crowned my head with woven garlands, when misfortune greets my embassage?”
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