An example of an ambassador is United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.
- the highest-ranking diplomatic representative appointed by one country or government to represent it in another
- a special representative: an ambassador-at-large is one accredited to no particular country; an ambassador extraordinary is one on a special diplomatic mission; an ambassador plenipotentiary 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 of ambassadorMiddle English ambassatour from Middle French ambassateur from OIt ambasciatore from Provençal 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-) + base an unverified form a?-, to do (see act)
- 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 of ambassadorMiddle 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.
- A minister of the highest rank sent to a foreign court to represent there his sovereign or country.
- An official messenger and representative.
- A corporate representative, often the public face of the company.
From Middle English ambassadore, from Anglo-Norman ambassaduer, ambassateur, from Old Italian ambassatore, ambassadore, from Old Provençal ambaisador (“ambassador”), derivative of ambaissa (“service, mission, errand”), from Gothic (andbahti, “service, function”), from Proto-Germanic *ambahtiją (“service, office”), derivative of Proto-Germanic *ambahtaz (“servant”), of Celtic origin, from Gaulish *ambactos (“servant”), from Proto-Indo-European *ambʰi- (“around”) + Proto-Indo-European *aǵ- (“to drive”). More at umbe, agent.