Definition of attaché in English:


Pronunciation: /ˌadəˈSHā//ˌaˈtaSHā/


  • 1A person on the staff of an ambassador, typically with a specialized area of responsibility.

    ‘military attachés’
    • ‘He became a sailor, and upon graduation from the Japanese Naval Staff College, was assigned as Japan's naval attaché to the United States.’
    • ‘Green said that the press attaché at the U.S. embassy in Amman had passed on the information.’
    • ‘According to media reports, the defence attaché of the US embassy in Colombo accompanied the group.’
    • ‘The Philippines labor attaché in Dubai said repatriation is being arranged.’
    • ‘He also had close personal connections with Israel, having frequently worked two-week stints as a defense attaché at the US embassy in Tel Aviv as part of his service in the military reserve.’
    • ‘In the last week of June, a defense attaché and a political officer from the US Embassy in New Delhi made an unpublicised visit to Jammu and Kashmir.’
    • ‘He served as a naval attaché in Washington, and in the 1930s was responsible for developing the Japanese Navy Air Corps.’
    • ‘Because the larger U.S. federal law-enforcement agencies have attachés posted in foreign countries, their agents often end up handling investigations.’
    • ‘Martin Rwoceaczyt, the press attaché of the French Embassy in Sofia, refused to comment on the matter due to a lack of official information from Paris.’
    • ‘The Ambassador thought that his attaché lacked objectivity and analytical skill.’
    • ‘During this journey Layard became fascinated by archaeology and became an unpaid diplomatic attaché in Constantinople so that he could continue and expand his interests.’
    • ‘It was then that Hungary assigned him to serve as assistant military and air attaché in London.’
    • ‘Between 1940 and 1945, Krapf was a legation secretary and attaché with the German embassy in Tokyo and was active as an informant for the security agency.’
    • ‘As international crime began to look like a growing threat, FBI director Louis Freeh seized the opportunity to nearly double the number of law enforcement attachés assigned to U.S. embassies.’
    • ‘Its embassy has three full-time Australian police attachés whose duties include the tracking of paedophiles.’
    • ‘Stokovsky obliged, preparing a letter to the Soviet diplomatic attaché in Warsaw.’
    • ‘Several thousand students have passed through the Marshall Center and gone on to hold positions as Cabinet ministers, ambassadors and defense attachés.’
    • ‘The British attaché he saw dismissed him with the words ‘I don't believe you’.’
    • ‘As we were being shown around, one of the other ambassadors and his attaché, Richard, arrived.’
    • ‘Three officials from the foreign ministry in Pyongyang, and an attaché from the North Korean embassy in London, met Irish economic and political experts in meetings arranged by the Department of Foreign Affairs.’
    • ‘In September Dixon received telegrams informing him that his air attaché was being replaced.’
    envoy, diplomat, ambassador extraordinary, ambassador plenipotentiary, plenipotentiary, consul, attaché, chargé d'affaires, emissary, legate, representative, deputy
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  • 2North American

    short for attaché case
    • ‘He reaches into his attaché, removes a jewel case and hands it to her.’


Early 19th century: from French, literally attached past participle of attacher.