ambassador[am bas′ə dər, -dôr′]
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 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 of ambassadorMiddle 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-) + base an unverified form aĝ-, 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.