WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
am•bas•sa•dor /æmˈbæsədɚ, -ˌdɔr/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Governmenta diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one country to live in another as its representative.
  2. Governmentan unofficial representative:a good-will ambassador.
am•bas•sa•do•ri•al /æmˌbæsəˈdɔriəl/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
am•bas•sa•dor  (am basə dər, -dôr′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmenta diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative(ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary).
  2. Governmenta diplomatic official of the highest rank sent by a government to represent it on a temporary mission, as for negotiating a treaty.
  3. Governmenta diplomatic official serving as permanent head of a country's mission to the United Nations or some other international organization.
  4. Governmentan authorized messenger or representative. Abbr.: Amb., amb.
am•bas•sa•do•ri•al  (am bas′ə dôrē əl, -dōr-),USA pronunciation adj.  am•bas′sa•dori•al•ly, adv. 
am•bassa•dor•ship′, n. 
  • Latin -ātōrem accusative of -ātor -ator
  • Italian ambassatore, dialect, dialectal Italian ambassadore, equivalent. to ambass- (see embassy) -atore, -adore
  • Anglo-French ambassateur, ambassaduer
  • 1325–75; Middle English am-, embass(i)adour, imbassadore

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