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

  • n. A building containing the offices of an ambassador and staff.
  • n. The position, function, or assignment of an ambassador.
  • n. A mission to a foreign government headed by an ambassador.
  • n. A staff of diplomatic representatives headed by an ambassador.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The function or duty of an ambassador.
  • n. An organization or group of officials who permanently represent a sovereign state in a second sovereign state or with respect to an international organization such as the United Nations.
  • n. A temporary mission representing a sovereign state.
  • n. The official residence of such a group, or of an ambassador.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The public function of an ambassador; the charge or business intrusted to an ambassador or to envoys; a public message to; foreign court concerning state affairs; hence, any solemn message.
  • n. The person or persons sent as ambassadors or envoys; the ambassador and his suite; envoys.
  • n. The residence or office of an ambassador.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The public function or mission of an ambassador; the charge or employment of a public minister, whether ambassador or envoy; hence, an important mission of any kind: as, he was qualified for the embassy.
  • n. A message, as that of an ambassador; a charge committed to a messenger.
  • n. A mission, or the person or persons intrusted with a mission; a legation.
  • n. The official residence of an ambassador; the ambassadorial building or buildings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ambassador and his entourage collectively
  • n. a diplomatic building where ambassadors live or work


Variant of ambassy, office or function of an ambassador, from obsolete French ambassée, from Medieval Latin ambactiāta; see embassage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant form of ambassy, from Middle French ambassée ("mission, charge, embassy"), from Old French ambascee, enbassee ("message for a high official, official mission"), from Old Italian ambasciata, from Old Provençal ambayassada ("embassy") (compare Occitan ambaissada), from ambaissa ("service, duty"), from Lombardic *ambahti ("hostage") (as hostages were used to seal pacts), from Proto-Germanic *ambahtijaz, *ambahtaz (“follower, servant”), from Gaulish *ambactos ("dependant, vassal", literally "one going around") (compare Old Irish amos, amsach ("mercenary, servant"), Welsh amaeth ("tenant farm")). More at ambassador. (Wiktionary)


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