Embassy Definition

ĕmbə-sē
embassies
noun
The position, functions, or business of an ambassador.
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The official residence or offices of an ambassador in a foreign country.
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An ambassador and his or her staff.
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A person or group sent on an official mission to a foreign government.
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Any important or official mission, errand, or message.
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Other Word Forms of Embassy

Noun

Singular:
embassy
Plural:
embassies

Origin of Embassy

  • Variant form of ambassy, from Middle French ambassée (“mission, charge, embassy”), from Old French ambascee, enbassee (“message for a high official, official mission”), from Old Italian ambasciata, from Old Provençal ambayassada (“embassy”) (compare Occitan ambaissada), from ambaissa (“service, duty”), from Lombardic *ambahti (“hostage”) (as hostages were used to seal pacts), from Proto-Germanic *ambahtijaz, *ambahtaz (“follower, servant”), from Gaulish *ambactos (“dependant, vassal”, literally “one going around”) (compare Old Irish amos, amsach (“mercenary, servant”), Welsh amaeth (“tenant farm”)). More at ambassador.

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant of ambassy office or function of an ambassador from obsolete French ambassée from Medieval Latin ambactiāta embassage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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