American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of sending a legate.
- n. A diplomatic mission in a foreign country ranking below an embassy.
- n. The diplomatic minister and staff of such a mission.
- n. The premises occupied by such a mission.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sending forth; a commissioning of one or more persons to act at a distance for another or for others; the office or functions of a legate or envoy.
- n. The person or persons sent to represent a government at a foreign court; an embassy; a diplomatic minister and his suite: as, the legation of the United States at Paris.
- n. The place of business or the official abode of an embassy.
- n. Formerly, the designation of any one of those six Papal States that were governed by cardinal legates.
- n. The post or office of a legate; a legateship.
- n. A diplomatic mission.
- n. The official residence of a diplomat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The sending forth or commissioning one person to act for another.
- n. A legate, or envoy, and the persons associated with him in his mission; an embassy; or, in stricter usage, a diplomatic minister and his suite; a deputation.
- n. The place of business or official residence of a diplomatic minister at a foreign court or seat of government.
- n. A district under the jurisdiction of a legate.
- n. a permanent diplomatic mission headed by a minister
- n. the post or office of legate
- From Latin lēgātiō. (Wiktionary)
“Among the things to which special and continued attention had to be given by the legation was the Chicago Exposition.”
“Minister, recalled the legation and consulate from Germany.”
“The vexatious question of so-called legation asylum for offenders against the state and its laws was presented anew in Chile by the unauthorized action of the late United States minister in receiving into his official residence two persons who had just failed in an attempt at revolution and against whom criminal charges were pending growing out of a former abortive disturbance.”
“You will receive, Sir, by order of the President of the United States, as soon as they can be prepared, a medal and chain of gold, of which he desires your acceptance, in token of their esteem, and of the sensibility with which they will ever recall your legation to their memory.”
“No one in Germany had remembered that Brunswick had a "legation" in Berlin.”
“The Europeans, however, had quite different ideas about a "legation", and about the significance of permission to trade.”
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“The American legation in Budapest confirmed the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the city; the Hungarian revolution appeared to be a “fact of history.””
“She was a huge success and presided at the legation for the next seven years.”
“Instead they had a legation which was headed by a British Minister.”
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