Definition of crown agent in English:

crown agent

noun

  • 1In Scotland, a law officer who takes charge of criminal proceedings, acting under the Lord Advocate.

  • 2(In plural) a body appointed by the British government to provide commercial and financial services, originally to British colonies (more fully "Crown Agents for the Colonies"), now to foreign governments or international bodies (more fully "Crown Agents for Overseas Governments and Administrations").

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in The Scots Magazine.