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

  • noun The act of sending a legate.
  • noun A diplomatic mission in a foreign country ranking below an embassy.
  • noun The diplomatic minister and staff of such a mission.
  • noun The premises occupied by such a mission.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The place of business or the official abode of an embassy.
  • noun Formerly, the designation of any one of those six Papal States that were governed by cardinal legates.

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

  • noun The sending forth or commissioning one person to act for another.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The place of business or official residence of a diplomatic minister at a foreign court or seat of government.
  • noun A district under the jurisdiction of a legate.

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

  • noun The post or office of a legate; a legateship.
  • noun A diplomatic mission.
  • noun The official residence of a diplomat.

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

  • noun a permanent diplomatic mission headed by a minister
  • noun the post or office of legate


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From Latin lēgātiō.


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