Definition of foreign service in English:

foreign service


  • another term for diplomatic service
    • ‘After graduating from Princeton, he entered the foreign service with ‘the feeling that I did not know what else to do.’’
    • ‘After the war Kirkland took night courses at Georgetown with an eye toward a career in the foreign service.’
    • ‘You spend your whole career in the foreign service, working at embassies around the world.’
    • ‘Two of the guests were classmates of hers at Yale and the husband was in the foreign service at the US embassy in Prague.’
    • ‘In addition to the historical antipathy of Americans to colonial empires, Ferguson cites the preference of elite school graduates for business careers as opposed to the foreign service.’
    • ‘Because space was at a premium, knockdown furniture figures prominently in the gentleman officer's choice of furnishings while in the foreign service.’
    • ‘He's been far more than that, serving in the foreign service, from Vietnam, extensively over four decades, a dedicated public servant and a very, very bright one.’
    • ‘First of all, I think it's important to understand that when I joined the foreign service I swore an oath to defend and uphold the constitution of the United States.’
    • ‘I think you're quite mistaken on this one, and you do a disservice to perpetuate the myth that the professional foreign service is not to be trusted and only the politically anointed can serve their country honorably.’
    • ‘It is probably not coincidental that this was the one case where the protests of American officials in the foreign service were legitimated daily by sustained public and press activism outside Foggy Bottom.’
    • ‘The foreign service and the military, for example, rotate young officers, paying special attention to the ablest.’
    • ‘The administration of the customs and of the foreign service has always been conducted according to bureaucratic principles.’