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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ambassador /æmˈbæsədə/ n
  1. short for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary; a diplomatic minister of the highest rank, accredited as permanent representative to another country or sovereign
  2. ambassador extraordinarya diplomatic minister of the highest rank sent on a special mission
  3. ambassador plenipotentiarya diplomatic minister of the first rank with treaty-signing powers
  4. ambassador-at-largeUS an ambassador with special duties who may be sent to more than one government
  5. an authorized representative or messenger
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French ambassadeur, from Italian ambasciator, from Old Provençal ambaisador, from ambaisa (unattested) mission, errand; see embassy

amˈbassadress fem n ambassadorial /æmˌbæsəˈdɔːrɪəl/ adj amˈbassadorˌship n

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