Definition of embassy in English:

embassy

noun

  • 1The official residence or offices of an ambassador.

    ‘the Chilean embassy in Moscow’
    • ‘All the official jets, snazzy embassies, and expensive press agents cannot hide that these illegitimate rulers are not in the political sense Western at all.’
    • ‘An official at the Canadian embassy in Saudi Arabia, which is also responsible for Yemen, said the mission was aware of the incident but was not in a position to comment.’
    • ‘Italian officials believe the embassy could have been the target for a terrorist plot on Sunday.’
    • ‘A larger demonstration is due to take place today with protesters planning to march past the US ambassador's residence and the British embassy.’
    • ‘The only people I spoke to before the decision were the officials at the Portuguese embassy.’
    • ‘An official at the Israeli embassy said he had heard the reports but said he could not confirm whether a missile was fired.’
    • ‘French officials at the embassy tried to talk Wilson out of it, and would not take the medal back.’
    • ‘Mani was again to the fore last week, meeting officials at the Zimbabwean embassy in London to help bring about the climbdown over the withdrawal of media accreditation.’
    • ‘Officials at the Indian embassy said nearly 100 Indians had been arrested in the past two months by Iraqi and Syrian authorities for illegal entry.’
    • ‘A suspicious letter posted in France and containing white powder was received at the US embassy, officials said.’
    • ‘An official from the Irish embassy in Singapore was en route to Bali last night.’
    • ‘Officials at the Egyptian embassy in London were not available for comment yesterday.’
    • ‘There are about 1,530 business establishments in Makati, including 53 embassies and consular offices, enough to keep the city's bomb squad on their toes night and day.’
    • ‘You're in touch with U.S. officials at the American embassy there.’
    • ‘The claim has been confirmed by officials in the U.S. embassy in Jakarta who have had access to intercepts of the army's radio communications.’
    • ‘An official at the Malaysian embassy said that the factory which be would situated in Otjimuise in Windhoek, would be up and running by September.’
    • ‘After the agreement was signed, residents at the embassy packed-up and left, following 10 weeks of camping out in the cold in the face of a racist media campaign.’
    • ‘But officials from the embassy in Kenya were to meet and did meet today with Kenyan officials and the Israeli investigators.’
    • ‘In August, two officials of the Cuban embassy in Argentina were kidnapped and Cubana airlines offices in Panama were bombed.’
    • ‘Officials at the Israeli embassy in Budapest said they had been told that three Arab men had been detained so far for planning a bomb attack against the president.’
    consulate, legation, ministry
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    1. 1.1 The staff working in an embassy.
      ‘the embassy denied any involvement in the murder’
      • ‘Libya, it was claimed, had ordered the embassy to orchestrate a night of carnage in the nightclub and ‘cause maximum and indiscriminate damages’.’
      • ‘The embassy says its own staff have been advised against taking commercial planes.’
      • ‘What would the member expect the embassy to say?’
      • ‘Before Sept.11, consular offices or embassies could issue most visas after a routine check.’
      • ‘The French embassy sent a formal letter of complaint about the incarceration to Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.’
      • ‘The embassy didn't even send somebody to the funeral.’
      • ‘Negroponte's embassy also suppressed information about human rights abuses committed by the Honduran military.’
      • ‘According to an explanation by an embassy official, the embassy had talked with the school about the possibility of asylum seekers entering the institution.’
      • ‘The State Department contacted American embassies around the world to make sure that they repeated the line that it was an aberration and not in line with American ‘values.’’
      • ‘Ireland has advised its citizens against non-essential travel to Saudi Arabia, and the embassy has urged Irish residents to take security measures because of recent attacks.’
      • ‘Her mother, heavily made-up in orange silk, frequently visits Britain, looks stricken, and lobbies the embassy to see if they can give her daughter a job.’
      • ‘The American embassy restricted its staff to the diplomatic quarters of their cities for all but essential duties.’
      • ‘Khaled al-Harbi surrendered to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Iran under a Saudi government amnesty program.’
      • ‘Both incidents ‘are the first to come to light in several years involving DPRK officials stationed abroad at embassies caught smuggling narcotics,’ the report said.’
      • ‘To improve this position, the embassy was working hard to identify and remove obstacles to trade and investment.’
      • ‘Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada and several foreign embassies in Manila denied Thursday a Thai newspaper report that Estrada tried unsuccessfully to seek asylum abroad.’
      • ‘Mr Woolford, who must be one of the counsel in the case, said that is an unusual stance for an embassy to take.’
      • ‘Well, this article is supposed to be based on a memo from the U.S. embassy to the State Department.’
      • ‘The American official said the embassy wants to make sure that the trial is conducted fairly but also recognizes the right of Afghanistan to pursue a case.’
  • 2historical A deputation or mission sent by one ruler or state to another.

    ‘Worsley failed to be selected to join the embassy to Sweden’
    • ‘Later, he sent an embassy to his father requesting some relics of the Buddha.’
    • ‘The Phocians sent an embassy to the Spartans, who agreed to attack Thebes.’
    • ‘They even sent an embassy to England's ally, the Duke of Burgundy, and implored him to protect them.’
    • ‘Aeschines was sent on an embassy to Megalopolis where he sought to dissuade the assembly of the Arcadians from dealings with Philip II.’
    • ‘The Greeks send an embassy to Achilles requesting his return to battle in exchange for treasure and an unharmed Briseis.’
    envoy, representative, legate, delegate, emissary
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Origin

Late 16th century (originally also as ambassy denoting the position of ambassador): from Old French ambasse, based on Latin ambactus ‘servant’. Compare with ambassador.

Pronunciation

embassy

/ˈɛmbəsi/