embassy

embassy

[em-buh-see]
noun, plural embassies.
1.
a body of persons entrusted with a mission to a sovereign or government, especially an ambassador and his or her staff.
2.
the official headquarters of an ambassador.
3.
the function or office of an ambassador.
4.
a mission headed by an ambassador.

Origin:
1570–80; variant of ambassy < Middle French ambassee, Old French ambasce, ambaxeeOld Provençal ambaissada, derivative of embayssar to send a delegate < Medieval Latin ambasciāre, derivative of ambascia service, office, derivative, by a Gmc intermediary (compare Gothic andbahti, Old High German ambahti) of Gallo-Latin ambactus retainer, servant (< Gaulish, equivalent to amb- around, ambi- + -act- verbal adjective of *ag- drive, lead; cf. act, Welsh amaeth husbandman); cf. ambassador

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embassy (ˈɛmbəsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
1.  the residence or place of official business of an ambassador
2.  an ambassador and his entourage collectively
3.  the position, business, or mission of an ambassador
4.  any important or official mission, duty, etc, esp one undertaken by an agent
 
[C16: from Old French ambassee, from Old Italian ambasciata, from Old Provençal ambaisada, ultimately of Germanic origin; see ambassador]

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embassy
1579, from M.Fr. embassee "mission, charge, office of ambassador," from It. ambasciata, from O.Prov. ambaisada "office of ambassador," from Gaul. *ambactos "dependant, vassal," lit. "one going around."
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