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

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

Pronunciation

ambassador

/amˈbasədə/