Definition of ambassador in US English:

ambassador

noun

  • 1An accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.

    ‘the French ambassador to Portugal’
    • ‘Even more emphatic diplomatic gestures, like the summoning of ambassadors, have so far been ignored.’
    • ‘His reward for services rendered is to have been nominated as the new British ambassador to the US.’
    • ‘He was briefly sent as an ambassador to Turkey, and finally ended up working in forestry.’
    • ‘It was conducted by a diplomat who had served as an ambassador to three African countries.’
    • ‘The figure on the right is Jean de Dinteville, the French ambassador to the English court of Henry VIII.’
    • ‘British ambassador to Ireland Stewart Eldon is not averse to speaking a few words of Irish.’
    • ‘He also indicated that various foreign ambassadors and high commissioners had expressed similar sentiments.’
    • ‘He had been hoping to be named the new ambassador to Singapore, or perhaps South Korea.’
    • ‘The whole point of the ceremony, now more than 500 years old, was to show off to foreign ambassadors, mostly from Europe.’
    • ‘Kuwait boasts the first female Arab-Muslim ambassador to the United Nations.’
    • ‘The goal was defined by Peter Tufo, the American ambassador to Budapest.’
    • ‘The group was able to see the UK ambassador to the Dominican Republic and the Attorney General.’
    • ‘In 1657, after the death of his two employers, he worked as a secretary to the French ambassador to Holland.’
    • ‘Neither letter refers to the resignation of the Eritrean ambassador to Sweden.’
    • ‘Now he is going to be the ambassador to a newly opened diplomatic station in the Dominican Republic.’
    • ‘Prior to the amendment, the president had the prerogative to appoint ambassadors or accept foreign envoys.’
    • ‘Aceh's sultans sent ambassadors to Europe, and made treaties with some of these European powers.’
    • ‘Benjamin Franklin was the US ambassador to absolutist France after the American Revolution.’
    • ‘The English ambassador to Holland even threatened to embargo any merchants who traded with the new company.’
    • ‘Manning had been the ambassador to Israel and Nato before moving into Downing Street.’
    envoy, diplomat, ambassador extraordinary, ambassador plenipotentiary, plenipotentiary, consul, attaché, chargé d'affaires, emissary, legate, nuncio, papal nuncio, representative, deputy
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    1. 1.1 A person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.
      ‘he is a good ambassador for the industry’
      • ‘Both teams and sets of supporters can be very proud of their respective ambassadors this year.’
      • ‘Yet it also throws light on our own mission as Christ's followers and ambassadors today.’
      • ‘They were ambassadors from the school to the homes and were supported whole heartedly by the parents.’
      • ‘He is considered by many as the sportsman supreme and is one of the greatest living ambassadors for Gaelic Sport.’
      • ‘It is five months since the Duke of York visited Thrall as he began his new role as a special ambassador for trade and industry.’
      • ‘We have an army of ambassadors and advocates for the hungry of this world.’
      • ‘It's important that all of us become very big ambassadors for our own industry.’
      • ‘I really believe in the city and I believe I'm going to London as an ambassador for everything it has to offer.’
      • ‘He was extremely popular and a wonderful ambassador for the school when representing us in sporting tournaments.’
      • ‘Gareth even became an ambassador for Bradford when he supported the city's bid.’
      • ‘These provide an extremely valuable pool of ambassadors for UK programs and institutions in Taiwan.’
      • ‘So what kind of image does the company wish to promote by employing as its brand ambassador a guy famous for such a stunt?’
      • ‘The role of the ambassadors was a voluntary one and was basically to boost support in London itself for the Olympics bid.’
      • ‘We believe you will find our best ambassadors are the boys and girls.’
      • ‘I have been approached to be one of the ambassadors for an anti-smoking campaign.’
      • ‘Modern athletes Pat Rafter and Andrew Gaze are ambassadors for their sport and Australia, and yet so humble.’
      • ‘The first goal is promoting our profession to the public as ambassadors of the environment and community.’
      • ‘We have lost the greatest ambassador to motorcycle racing in living memory.’
      • ‘This will provide an opportunity for our players not only to be ambassadors of sport but also to promote goodwill and trade.’
      • ‘Mrs Newsome has decided to send out an ambassador to rescue Chad and bring him home.’
      campaigner
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Origin

Late Middle English: from French ambassadeur, from Italian ambasciator, based on Latin ambactus ‘servant’.

Pronunciation

ambassador

/æmˈbæsədər//amˈbasədər/