One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A diplomatic official who temporarily takes the place of an ambassador.
ambassador, emissary, diplomat, legate, consul, attaché, plenipotentiaryView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A state's diplomatic representative in a minor country.
diplomat, representativeView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Mid 18th century: French, ‘(a person) in charge of affairs’.
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