Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A diplomatic delegation.
  • noun Archaic An embassy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The business or mission of an ambassador; embassy.
  • noun The commission or charge of a messenger; a message.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An embassy.
  • noun Message; errand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic An embassy.
  • noun archaic Message; errand

Etymologies

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

[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.]

Examples

  • Brand and Gervais, fellow countrymen, come to these shores in the embassage of two very different types of Englishness.

    Brit Wit

  • Brand and Gervais, fellow countrymen, come to these shores in the embassage of two very different types of Englishness.

    Brit Wit

  • 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.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • Cadfael, listening, thought that Archbishop Theobald would be highly content with the result of his embassage.

    His Disposition

  • Chapter Twelve The expected embassage came with the dawn, and it was the marshall who brought it.

    A River So Long

  • 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.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • 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.

    His Disposition

  • '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.'

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • 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."

    His Disposition

  • Philipson marked with much interest the effect which this most unexpected intimation produced on the members of the embassage.

    Anne of Geierstein

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