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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Tesfaye Gebre Kidan continued to appeal for a ceasefire and to impress on foreign ambassadors his willingness to negotiate with the rebels.
▪ The Soviet ambassador to the United Nations and other officials noted the resemblance between the two proposals.
▪ Permanent official contacts were established in the same month with the Soviet Union and a Soviet ambassador to the Vatican was appointed.
▪ He studied law and was appointed ambassador to Paris in the 1970s.
▪ Malekith became his personal ambassador here and thus were sown the seeds of tragedy.
▪ But George Bush lasted only one term, and Bill Bennett became an ambassador without portfolio.
▪ Prince Andrew has left the Royal Navy after 22 years of service to become a trade ambassador.
▪ I become her ambassador to the outside world, bringing back to Nearing observations and stories.
▪ Mrs Albright requested anonymity, but when she became ambassador to the United Nations, she permitted her name to be published.
▪ In the summer, the two sides took the unprecedented step in the Warsaw Pact of recalling their two ambassadors.
▪ In 1885 the two countries had even been on bad enough terms to recall their respective ambassadors.
▪ In any case many rulers were for long reluctant to send ambassadors to foreign capitals if a lower-ranking representative would suffice.
▪ North Amenca, in turn, has sent poor ambassadors abroad.
▪ A tribunal was decided on in Rome and Philip sent ambassadors to plead his case.
Madam President/Ambassador etc
envoy/ambassador/minister extraordinary
▪ He was an Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiaryfor all mankind.
▪ Ms Takahashi was the first Japanese woman ever to be appointed ambassador to a foreign country.
▪ Sir Auckland Geddes is the British ambassador to Washington,
▪ Act the ambassador rather than the captain of cavalry.
▪ He was, after all, an ambassador for his country.
▪ In the next few months, the two countries are to exchange ambassadors.
▪ Mobuto spoke briefly to the Zimbalan ambassador in Swahili then beckoned the tall bodyguard towards him.
▪ Perhaps her greatest asset as ambassador was her access to President Clinton, whom she had known for many years.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ambassador \Am*bas"sa*dor\, Embassador \Em*bas"sa*dor\, n. [See Embassador.]

  1. A minister of the highest rank sent to a foreign court to represent there his sovereign or country.

    Note: Ambassadors are either ordinary [or resident] or extraordinary, that is, sent upon some special or unusual occasion or errand.

  2. An official messenger and representative.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., also embassador, from Middle French ambassadeur, from Old French embassator, via Provençal or Old Spanish from Latin ambactus "a servant, vassal," from Celtic amb(i)actos "a messenger, servant," from PIE *ambhi- "about" (see ambi-) + *ag- "drive, lead" (see act (v.)). Compare embassy. Forms in am- and em- were used indiscriminately 17c.-18c.


n. 1 A minister of the highest rank sent to a foreign court to represent there his sovereign or country. (Sometimes called ''ambassador-in-residence'') 2 An official messenger and representative.

  1. n. a diplomat of the highest rank; accredited as representative from one country to another [syn: embassador]

  2. an informal representative; "an ambassador of good will"

Ambassador (disambiguation)

Ambassador is the highest ranking diplomat who represents a nation.

Ambassador may also refer to:

Ambassador (musical)

Ambassador is a musical with a book by Don Ettlinger and Anna Marie Barlow, lyrics by Hal Hackady, and music by Don Gohman. It is based on the 1903 Henry James novel The Ambassadors.

Ambassador (B&O train)

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The route of the Ambassador (in orange)

]] The Ambassador was a named train of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) on its route between Baltimore, Maryland and Detroit, Michigan with major station stops in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Toledo, Ohio. Inaugurated in 1930, the Ambassador was discontinued in 1964.

Ambassador (automobile company)

The Ambassador automobile company of Chicago, Illinois was founded in 1921 by John Hertz.


An ambassador is an official envoy, especially a highest ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state, or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment. The word is also often used more liberally for persons who are known, without national appointment, to represent certain professions, activities and fields of endeavor. An ambassador is the ranking government representative stationed in a foreign capital. The host country typically allows the ambassador control of specific territory called an embassy, whose territory, staff, and vehicles are generally afforded diplomatic immunity in the host country. Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, an ambassador has the highest diplomatic rank. Countries may choose to maintain diplomatic relations at a lower level by appointing a chargé d'affaires in place of an ambassador.

The equivalent to an Ambassador exchanged among members of the Commonwealth of Nations are known as High Commissioners. The "ambassadors" of the Holy See are known as Papal or Apostolic Nuncios.

Ambassador (album)

Ambassador is the title of the first full-length album released by the Canadian alternative country band Elliott Brood. It was released in October 2005 on the independent music label Six Shooter Records. The album is titled for the Ambassador Bridge, which links Windsor, Ontario — the hometown of two of the band's three members — to Detroit, Michigan.

The album was nominated for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) at the 2006 Juno Awards, but lost to the self-titled album by The Duhks.

Ambassador (B&M train)

The Ambassador was a passenger train that traveled from Boston, Massachusetts and New York City, New York to Montreal, Quebec. The train was jointly operated by the Boston and Maine Railroad, the Central Vermont Railroad, and the Canadian National Railway. Beginning service on April 26, 1926, the Ambassador operated on a daytime schedule between Boston and Montreal, with coach, dining, and parlor cars in the consist. There were also through cars to New York City offered until the mid-1950s, split from the Ambassador's consist in White River Junction, Vermont and added to the Connecticut Yankee train for points south.

In 1956, with traffic declining, through service to Boston from Montreal was terminated, replaced with a transfer to Boston and Maine rail diesel cars at White River Junction, and the Ambassador name was applied to the Montreal—New York City train, which by 1958 lost food service and consisted only of coaches. On September 3, 1966, the Ambassador was discontinued after its operators sought and received approval from the Interstate Commerce Commission to terminate service.

Usage examples of "ambassador".

Go and ask Mengs, and tell the ambassador that I have much pleasure in accepting his invitation.

No one knew the Chevalier de Talvis, and the French ambassador was not even acquainted with his name.

The ambassadors of the nations, more especially of the unbelieving nations, were solemnly admonished, that such strange alliances had been condemned by the founder of the church and city.

Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction.

In the morning the royal captive was presented to Alp Arslan, who doubted of his fortune, till the identity of the person was ascertained by the report of his ambassadors, and by the more pathetic evidence of Basilacius, who embraced with tears the feet of his unhappy sovereign.

But, no, Zaida would divorce Amel and marry a ballast stone before she sent Harine din Togara as her ambassador.

I guessed that she feared my suspecting the ambassador of enjoying from the mysterious closet the sight of our amorous trio, and she wished to destroy that suspicion by her proposal.

There was no time to be lost, and I could see that the girl was not a vestal virgin, so I went up to her and told her that the Venetian ambassador was amorous of her, and that I would take her to him if she would receive his visits.

CHAPTER IV My Amours With Donna Ignazia--My Imprisonment At Buen Retiro--My Triumph --I Am Commended to the Venetian Ambassador by One of the State Inquisitors We entered the ball-room and walked round several times.

Any rejection by the Anabasis must be confirmed and approved through the office of the Solar Ambassador.

Sir Nevile Henderson, the British ambassador, who had been sent to Berlin by Prime Minister Chamberlain to apply his skills as a professional diplomat to the appeasement of Hitler and who applied them to the utmost, called repeatedly at the German Foreign Office to inquire about German troop movements and to advise caution.

Soon we were informed that the English Government communicated to our Ambassador to London Barcza that they accepted the news of the Arbitrage with pleasure and contentment.

What astonished the most acute was that this wonderful treaty was conceived and carried out by a young ambassador who had hitherto been famed only as a wit.

Germain sooner, and the ambassador will not be astonished at this reply, as it is like many others given on similar occasions.

The prince looked astonished and turned to the Venetian ambassador, who smiled, and whispered to him for ten minutes.