Definition of ambassador in English:

ambassador

noun

  • 1An accredited diplomat sent by a state as its permanent representative in a foreign country.

    ‘the French ambassador to Portugal’
    • ‘Prior to the amendment, the president had the prerogative to appoint ambassadors or accept foreign envoys.’
    • ‘Manning had been the ambassador to Israel and Nato before moving into Downing Street.’
    • ‘He had been hoping to be named the new ambassador to Singapore, or perhaps South Korea.’
    • ‘It was conducted by a diplomat who had served as an ambassador to three African countries.’
    • ‘Aceh's sultans sent ambassadors to Europe, and made treaties with some of these European powers.’
    • ‘In 1657, after the death of his two employers, he worked as a secretary to the French ambassador to Holland.’
    • ‘The goal was defined by Peter Tufo, the American ambassador to Budapest.’
    • ‘Neither letter refers to the resignation of the Eritrean ambassador to Sweden.’
    • ‘The group was able to see the UK ambassador to the Dominican Republic and the Attorney General.’
    • ‘He also indicated that various foreign ambassadors and high commissioners had expressed similar sentiments.’
    • ‘Even more emphatic diplomatic gestures, like the summoning of ambassadors, have so far been ignored.’
    • ‘Kuwait boasts the first female Arab-Muslim ambassador to the United Nations.’
    • ‘Now he is going to be the ambassador to a newly opened diplomatic station in the Dominican Republic.’
    • ‘He was briefly sent as an ambassador to Turkey, and finally ended up working in forestry.’
    • ‘Benjamin Franklin was the US ambassador to absolutist France after the American Revolution.’
    • ‘His reward for services rendered is to have been nominated as the new British ambassador to the US.’
    • ‘The English ambassador to Holland even threatened to embargo any merchants who traded with the new company.’
    • ‘The whole point of the ceremony, now more than 500 years old, was to show off to foreign ambassadors, mostly from Europe.’
    • ‘The figure on the right is Jean de Dinteville, the French ambassador to the English court of Henry VIII.’
    • ‘British ambassador to Ireland Stewart Eldon is not averse to speaking a few words of Irish.’
    envoy, diplomat, ambassador extraordinary, ambassador plenipotentiary, plenipotentiary, consul, attaché, chargé d'affaires, emissary, legate, nuncio, papal nuncio, representative, deputy
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    1. 1.1 A representative or promoter of a specified activity.
      ‘he is a good ambassador for the industry’
      • ‘The role of the ambassadors was a voluntary one and was basically to boost support in London itself for the Olympics bid.’
      • ‘It's important that all of us become very big ambassadors for our own industry.’
      • ‘It is five months since the Duke of York visited Thrall as he began his new role as a special ambassador for trade and industry.’
      • ‘We have an army of ambassadors and advocates for the hungry of this world.’
      • ‘Both teams and sets of supporters can be very proud of their respective ambassadors this year.’
      • ‘So what kind of image does the company wish to promote by employing as its brand ambassador a guy famous for such a stunt?’
      • ‘This will provide an opportunity for our players not only to be ambassadors of sport but also to promote goodwill and trade.’
      • ‘Modern athletes Pat Rafter and Andrew Gaze are ambassadors for their sport and Australia, and yet so humble.’
      • ‘I have been approached to be one of the ambassadors for an anti-smoking campaign.’
      • ‘He is considered by many as the sportsman supreme and is one of the greatest living ambassadors for Gaelic Sport.’
      • ‘Yet it also throws light on our own mission as Christ's followers and ambassadors today.’
      • ‘These provide an extremely valuable pool of ambassadors for UK programs and institutions in Taiwan.’
      • ‘The first goal is promoting our profession to the public as ambassadors of the environment and community.’
      • ‘We have lost the greatest ambassador to motorcycle racing in living memory.’
      • ‘He was extremely popular and a wonderful ambassador for the school when representing us in sporting tournaments.’
      • ‘We believe you will find our best ambassadors are the boys and girls.’
      • ‘Mrs Newsome has decided to send out an ambassador to rescue Chad and bring him home.’
      • ‘They were ambassadors from the school to the homes and were supported whole heartedly by the parents.’
      • ‘I really believe in the city and I believe I'm going to London as an ambassador for everything it has to offer.’
      • ‘Gareth even became an ambassador for Bradford when he supported the city's bid.’
      campaigner
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Origin

Late Middle English: from French ambassadeur, from Italian ambasciator, based on Latin ambactus ‘servant’.

Pronunciation

ambassador

/amˈbasədə/