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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A diplomat who temporarily substitutes for an absent ambassador or minister.
  • n. A diplomat of the lowest rank, accredited by one government to the minister of foreign affairs of another.

Etymologies

French : charg├ę, charged, in charge + de, with, of + affaires, affairs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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