Definition of chef de mission in US English:

chef de mission


  • 1The person in charge of a national team at an international sports event.

    ‘the chef de mission for Team GB’
    ‘he was Australia's chef de mission at the London Olympics’
    • ‘The Assistant Chefs de Mission will work with Chef de Mission Curt Harnett to mentor and lead Canadian athletes competing in Toronto.’
    • ‘He was six times chef de mission for Australian Winter Olympic teams.’
    • ‘Chefs de mission from eight countries attended the meeting, while seven Zonal Confederations were represented (basketball, football, netball, swimming, judo, tennis and boxing).’
    • ‘The seminar is a great chance for the chefs de mission to ask any last-minute questions they have and to meet the team from the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.’
    • ‘He served as Chef de Mission for the Belgian delegation to The First World Games 1981 in Santa Clara.’
    • ‘At the 2008 Olympics, he was chef de mission of the entire Dutch team, in charge of all sports.’
    • ‘Then the distribution of the tickets has, in the words of one team chef de mission become "a complete nightmare".’
    • ‘The Malaysian chef de mission said his team also hoped to win one or two golds in badminton.’
    • ‘The Scotland team's chef de mission put the medal success down to team spirit.’
    • ‘The torch will be carried on stage by Ireland's Chef de Mission for the London Olympic Games, Sonia O'Sullivan.’
  • 2The head of a diplomatic mission.

    ‘he was chef de mission at the embassy a decade ago’
    • ‘I knew his father when he was chef de mission at the US embassy.’
    • ‘Sebastian arrived outside the American Embassy just before nine o'clock for his appointment with the chef de mission.’
    • ‘Those included in the program are 10 ambassadors, one charge d' affaires, six consul generals and seven deputy chefs de mission.’
    • ‘Denmark was the country that welcomed Ruth Owen, the USA's first female chef de mission, back in 1934.’
    • ‘The position of First Secretary in Paris carried with it the designation of minister plenipotentiary and "second minister," or acting chef de mission in the absence of the ambassador.’
    • ‘The government summoned the US embassy's deputy chef de mission on Saturday to express "strong dissatisfaction" over the US comments.’
    • ‘Every one of the foreign chefs de mission accredited to the German Government attended the ceremony.’
    • ‘The chefs de mission condemned the coup and ordered the deposed government to be rescued and returned to the town.’


French, literally ‘chief of mission’.


chef de mission

/ˌSHef də mēˈsyän//ˌʃɛf də miˈsjɑn/