Definition of chargé d'affaires in English:

chargé d'affaires

(also chargé)

noun

  • 1A diplomatic official who temporarily takes the place of an ambassador.

    • ‘Finn Forsberg, the chargé d' affaires at the Swedish Embassy, said the international community cannot take the lead in ending the war.’
    • ‘In December the Romanian chargé in Stockholm, George Duca, contacted the British and American ministers in the name of Maniu and Brtianu.’
    • ‘In November 1942, while chargé d' affaires in Finland, Duca met informally with some close American friends who worked at the U.S. embassy in Stockholm.’
    • ‘Wilson had been the chargé d' affaires in Baghdad in 1990 and an ambassador to two African countries before joining President Clinton's National Security Council as a senior specialist on Africa.’
    ambassador, emissary, diplomat, legate, consul, attaché, plenipotentiary
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    1. 1.1 A state's diplomatic representative in a minor country.
      • ‘One example of this official support came from the chargé d' affaires at the Libyan Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.’
      • ‘On April 20, Donald Teitelbaum returned to his post as US chargé d' affaires in Khartoum.’
      • ‘Stephen Evans is the British chargé d' affaires in Kabul’
      • ‘The government sent a chargé d' affaires to re-establish a diplomatic presence in the country.’
      diplomat, representative
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Origin

Mid 18th century: French, ‘(a person) in charge of affairs’.

Pronunciation

chargé d'affaires

/SHärˌZHā däˈfer//ʃɑrˌʒeɪ dɑˈfɛr/