from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Fully acceptable or welcome, especially to a foreign government: The diplomat was persona grata.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who is acceptable; one in favor: as, an ambassdor must be persona grata to the sovereign to whome he is accredited.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a diplomat who is acceptable to the government to which he is sent
Distrusting his own powers of persuasion, he enlisted the good offices of Barbier, the late partner of the Rue des Marais printing-house, who was a persona grata with the novelist.
At Nunappleton House Oliver was not a persona grata in 1650, for he had no sooner come back from Ireland than he had stepped into the shoes of the Lord-General Fairfax; and there were those, Lady Fairfax, I doubt not, among the number, who believed that the new Lord-General thought it was high time he should be where Fairfax's “scruple” at last put him.
And if those facts are true then others automatically follow: That he must have been in continual contact with the Mainland to know about his father's approaching death, that as a superintendent of H.K. Police he must be totally persona grata with the PRC to be allowed in secretly and allowed out secretly again.
This lady was a much poorer actress, but was a persona grata with Monsieur Hostein.