Definition of embassy in US English:

embassy

noun

  • 1The official residence or offices of an ambassador.

    ‘the Chilean embassy in Moscow’
    • ‘An official from the Irish embassy in Singapore was en route to Bali last night.’
    • ‘An official at the Malaysian embassy said that the factory which be would situated in Otjimuise in Windhoek, would be up and running by September.’
    • ‘Officials at the Egyptian embassy in London were not available for comment yesterday.’
    • ‘An official at the Canadian embassy in Saudi Arabia, which is also responsible for Yemen, said the mission was aware of the incident but was not in a position to comment.’
    • ‘The claim has been confirmed by officials in the U.S. embassy in Jakarta who have had access to intercepts of the army's radio communications.’
    • ‘An official at the Israeli embassy said he had heard the reports but said he could not confirm whether a missile was fired.’
    • ‘A larger demonstration is due to take place today with protesters planning to march past the US ambassador's residence and the British embassy.’
    • ‘Italian officials believe the embassy could have been the target for a terrorist plot on Sunday.’
    • ‘Officials at the Israeli embassy in Budapest said they had been told that three Arab men had been detained so far for planning a bomb attack against the president.’
    • ‘The only people I spoke to before the decision were the officials at the Portuguese embassy.’
    • ‘You're in touch with U.S. officials at the American embassy there.’
    • ‘A suspicious letter posted in France and containing white powder was received at the US embassy, officials said.’
    • ‘Officials at the Indian embassy said nearly 100 Indians had been arrested in the past two months by Iraqi and Syrian authorities for illegal entry.’
    • ‘French officials at the embassy tried to talk Wilson out of it, and would not take the medal back.’
    • ‘After the agreement was signed, residents at the embassy packed-up and left, following 10 weeks of camping out in the cold in the face of a racist media campaign.’
    • ‘In August, two officials of the Cuban embassy in Argentina were kidnapped and Cubana airlines offices in Panama were bombed.’
    • ‘All the official jets, snazzy embassies, and expensive press agents cannot hide that these illegitimate rulers are not in the political sense Western at all.’
    • ‘Mani was again to the fore last week, meeting officials at the Zimbabwean embassy in London to help bring about the climbdown over the withdrawal of media accreditation.’
    • ‘But officials from the embassy in Kenya were to meet and did meet today with Kenyan officials and the Israeli investigators.’
    • ‘There are about 1,530 business establishments in Makati, including 53 embassies and consular offices, enough to keep the city's bomb squad on their toes night and day.’
    consulate, legation, ministry
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    1. 1.1 The staff working in an embassy.
      ‘the embassy denied any involvement in the murder’
      • ‘Her mother, heavily made-up in orange silk, frequently visits Britain, looks stricken, and lobbies the embassy to see if they can give her daughter a job.’
      • ‘Both incidents ‘are the first to come to light in several years involving DPRK officials stationed abroad at embassies caught smuggling narcotics,’ the report said.’
      • ‘Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada and several foreign embassies in Manila denied Thursday a Thai newspaper report that Estrada tried unsuccessfully to seek asylum abroad.’
      • ‘Mr Woolford, who must be one of the counsel in the case, said that is an unusual stance for an embassy to take.’
      • ‘Before Sept.11, consular offices or embassies could issue most visas after a routine check.’
      • ‘Ireland has advised its citizens against non-essential travel to Saudi Arabia, and the embassy has urged Irish residents to take security measures because of recent attacks.’
      • ‘The French embassy sent a formal letter of complaint about the incarceration to Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.’
      • ‘Khaled al-Harbi surrendered to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Iran under a Saudi government amnesty program.’
      • ‘The American official said the embassy wants to make sure that the trial is conducted fairly but also recognizes the right of Afghanistan to pursue a case.’
      • ‘Negroponte's embassy also suppressed information about human rights abuses committed by the Honduran military.’
      • ‘The embassy says its own staff have been advised against taking commercial planes.’
      • ‘Well, this article is supposed to be based on a memo from the U.S. embassy to the State Department.’
      • ‘The American embassy restricted its staff to the diplomatic quarters of their cities for all but essential duties.’
      • ‘To improve this position, the embassy was working hard to identify and remove obstacles to trade and investment.’
      • ‘What would the member expect the embassy to say?’
      • ‘The State Department contacted American embassies around the world to make sure that they repeated the line that it was an aberration and not in line with American ‘values.’’
      • ‘The embassy didn't even send somebody to the funeral.’
      • ‘Libya, it was claimed, had ordered the embassy to orchestrate a night of carnage in the nightclub and ‘cause maximum and indiscriminate damages’.’
      • ‘According to an explanation by an embassy official, the embassy had talked with the school about the possibility of asylum seekers entering the institution.’
    2. 1.2 The position or function of an ambassador.
  • 2historical A deputation or mission sent by one ruler or state to another.

    • ‘The Phocians sent an embassy to the Spartans, who agreed to attack Thebes.’
    • ‘The Greeks send an embassy to Achilles requesting his return to battle in exchange for treasure and an unharmed Briseis.’
    • ‘They even sent an embassy to England's ally, the Duke of Burgundy, and implored him to protect them.’
    • ‘Aeschines was sent on an embassy to Megalopolis where he sought to dissuade the assembly of the Arcadians from dealings with Philip II.’
    • ‘Later, he sent an embassy to his father requesting some relics of the Buddha.’
    envoy, representative, legate, delegate, emissary
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Origin

Late 16th century (originally also as ambassy denoting the position of ambassador): from Old French ambasse, based on Latin ambactus ‘servant’. Compare with ambassador.

Pronunciation

embassy

/ˈembəsē//ˈɛmbəsi/