Embassy meaning

ĕmbə-sē
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A mission to a foreign government headed by an ambassador.
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A building containing the offices of an ambassador and staff.
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A staff of diplomatic representatives headed by 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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An organization or group of officials who permanently represent a sovereign state in a second sovereign state or with respect to an international organization such as the United Nations.

The American embassy to France is located in Paris.

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The position, function, or assignment of an ambassador.
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The position, functions, or business of an ambassador.
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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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The function or duty of an ambassador.
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A temporary mission representing a sovereign state.

The Japanese embassy to the United States traveled to Washington, D.C., where it was received by James Buchanan, before continuing on to New York and then returning to Japan, making several stops on the way.

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The official residence of such a group, or of an ambassador.
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Origin of embassy

  • 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

  • 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