- The definition of an ambassador is a high ranking official who travels to another country, or to the United Nations, in order to provide representation.
An example of an ambassador is United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.
ambassador definition by Webster's New World
- the highest-ranking diplomatic representative appointed by one country or government to represent it in another
- a special representative: an is one accredited to no particular country; an is one on a special diplomatic mission; an is one having the power to make treaties
- an official agent with a special mission
- an unofficial representative or messenger: an ambassador of goodwill
Origin: Middle English ambassatour ; from Middle French ambassateur ; from OIt ambasciatore ; from ProvenÃ§al ambaissador ; from an unverified form ambaissa, mission, task ; from Gothic andbahti, office, service ; from Celtic an unverified form amb(i)actos, a messenger, servant (from source Classical Latin ambactus, a vassal) ; from Indo-European an unverified form ambhi-, about (see ambi-) plush base an unverified form aĝ-, to do (see act)
ambassador definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and accredited as representative in residence by one government or sovereign to another, usually for a specific length of time.
- A diplomatic official heading his or her country's permanent mission to certain international organizations, such as the United Nations.
- An authorized messenger or representative.
- An unofficial representative: ambassadors of goodwill.
Origin: Middle English ambassadour, from Old French ambassadeur, from Medieval Latin ambactia, mission, from Latin ambactus, servant, ultimately of Celtic origin; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
- am·basˌsa·doˈri·al adjective
- am·basˈsa·dor·shipˌ noun