noun pl. embassies
- the position, functions, or business of an ambassador
- the official residence or offices of an ambassador in a foreign country
- an ambassador and his or her staff
- a person or group sent on an official mission to a foreign government
- any important or official mission, errand, or message
Origin: earlier ambassy < MFr ambassée < OIt ambasciata < Prov ambaissada < *ambaissa: see ambassador
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noun pl. em·bas·sies
- A building containing the offices of an ambassador and staff.
- The position, function, or assignment of an ambassador.
- A mission to a foreign government headed by an ambassador.
- A staff of diplomatic representatives headed by an ambassador.
Origin: Variant of ambassy, office or function of an ambassador, from obsolete French ambassée, from Medieval Latin ambactiāta; see embassage.