Variant of ambassador
- 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)
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