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[dip-luh-mat] /ˈdɪp ləˌmæt/
a person appointed by a national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries.
a person who is tactful and skillful in managing delicate situations, handling people, etc.
1805-15; < French diplomate, back formation from diplomatique diplomatic
Can be confused
diplomat, diplomate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diplomats
  • diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts, and politicians violently denounce the politicians of other countries.
  • They would work closely with diplomats, then return to their labs and remain on call for special projects for another five years.
  • Create great soldiers who are better, nay, super diplomats.
  • It's a destination for tourists, the press and diplomats.
  • Maybe making diplomats out of scientists is a bad idea.
  • Here's to hoping that diplomats across the region make good use of that air conditioning.
  • diplomats try to help their own country, encourage cooperation between nations, and maintain peace.
  • He could be the funny guy in the quiet room, interviewing thinkers and diplomats.
  • diplomats and their doings have generally not been held in high regard by our cartoonists.
  • They are going to create tension in our relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world.
British Dictionary definitions for diplomats


an official, such as an ambassador or first secretary, engaged in diplomacy
a person who deals with people tactfully or skilfully
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for diplomats



1813, from French diplomate, a back-formation from diplomatique (see diplomatic) on model of aristocrate from aristocratique.

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