Definition of chef de mission in English:

chef de mission

nounPlural chefs de mission

  • 1The person in charge of a national team at an international sports event.

    ‘the chef de mission for Team GB’
    ‘he was Australia's chef de mission at the London Olympics’
    • ‘The Scotland team's chef de mission put the medal success down to team spirit.’
    • ‘The Assistant Chefs de Mission will work with Chef de Mission Curt Harnett to mentor and lead Canadian athletes competing in Toronto.’
    • ‘Chefs de mission from eight countries attended the meeting, while seven Zonal Confederations were represented (basketball, football, netball, swimming, judo, tennis and boxing).’
    • ‘Then the distribution of the tickets has, in the words of one team chef de mission become "a complete nightmare".’
    • ‘At the 2008 Olympics, he was chef de mission of the entire Dutch team, in charge of all sports.’
    • ‘He served as Chef de Mission for the Belgian delegation to The First World Games 1981 in Santa Clara.’
    • ‘The Malaysian chef de mission said his team also hoped to win one or two golds in badminton.’
    • ‘He was six times chef de mission for Australian Winter Olympic teams.’
    • ‘The seminar is a great chance for the chefs de mission to ask any last-minute questions they have and to meet the team from the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.’
    • ‘The torch will be carried on stage by Ireland's Chef de Mission for the London Olympic Games, Sonia O'Sullivan.’
  • 2The head of a diplomatic mission.

    ‘he was chef de mission at the embassy a decade ago’
    • ‘Every one of the foreign chefs de mission accredited to the German Government attended the ceremony.’
    • ‘I knew his father when he was chef de mission at the US embassy.’
    • ‘Sebastian arrived outside the American Embassy just before nine o'clock for his appointment with the chef de mission.’
    • ‘The position of First Secretary in Paris carried with it the designation of minister plenipotentiary and "second minister," or acting chef de mission in the absence of the ambassador.’
    • ‘Denmark was the country that welcomed Ruth Owen, the USA's first female chef de mission, back in 1934.’
    • ‘The chefs de mission condemned the coup and ordered the deposed government to be rescued and returned to the town.’
    • ‘The government summoned the US embassy's deputy chef de mission on Saturday to express "strong dissatisfaction" over the US comments.’
    • ‘Those included in the program are 10 ambassadors, one charge d' affaires, six consul generals and seven deputy chefs de mission.’

Origin

French, literally ‘chief of mission’.

Pronunciation

chef de mission

/ʃɛf də miːˈsjɒn/