One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
treated as singular or plural A body of delegates; a committee or delegation.
delegation, legation, commission, committee, mission, diplomatic missionView synonyms
- ‘Vice-President Jiaan Cheng, and relevant professors, had a discussion and exchange with the delegacies.’
- ‘Many inconspicuous moves to subordinate independent delegacies to Council have slipped through.’
- ‘The city sent a delegation of men with the body, and they were met by a delegacies in Chicago who took his body the rest of the way home to South Bend, Indiana.’
- ‘The delegacy admired that Suzhou had made great efforts to the science prevalence in community and school.’
- ‘Time passé away; my life of school teaching ended, to be followed by more than twenty years, not quite at an end, of school examining for the Oxford and Cambridge delegacies.’
- ‘Hopefully, under his leadership, the network and number of delegacies will expand and become still more active.’
Late Middle English: from delegate, on the pattern of the pair prelate, prelacy.
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