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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 © 2015
am•bas•sa•dor  (am basə dər, -dôr′), 
  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.
Etymology:1325–75; Middle English am-, embass(i)adour, imbassadore Anglo-French ambassateur, ambassaduer Italian ambassatore, dialect, dialectal Italian ambassadore, equivalent. to ambass- (see embassy) -atore, -adore Latin -ātōrem accusative of -ātor -ator
am•bas•sa•do•ri•al  (am bas′ə dôrē əl, -dōr-), 
am•bas′sa•dori•al•ly, adv. 
am•bassa•dor•ship′, n. 

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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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