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ambassador

[am-bas-uh-der, -dawr] /æmˈbæs ə dər, -ˌdɔr/
noun
1.
a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative (ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary)
2.
a diplomatic official of the highest rank sent by a government to represent it on a temporary mission, as for negotiating a treaty.
3.
a diplomatic official serving as permanent head of a country's mission to the United Nations or some other international organization.
4.
an authorized messenger or representative.
Abbreviation: Amb., amb.
Origin
dialectal Italian
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English am-, embass(i)adour, imbassadore < Anglo-French ambassateur, ambassaduer < Italian ambassatore, dialectal Italian ambassadore, equivalent to ambass- (see embassy) -atore, -adore < Latin -ātōrem accusative of -ātor -ator
Related forms
ambassadorial
[am-bas-uh-dawr-ee-uh l, -dohr-] /æmˌbæs əˈdɔr i əl, -ˈdoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
ambassadorially, adverb
ambassadorship, noun
preambassadorial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ambassador-ship

ambassador

/æmˈbæsədə/
noun
1.
short for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary; a diplomatic minister of the highest rank, accredited as permanent representative to another country or sovereign
2.
ambassador extraordinary, a diplomatic minister of the highest rank sent on a special mission
3.
ambassador plenipotentiary, a diplomatic minister of the first rank with treaty-signing powers
4.
(US) ambassador-at-large, an ambassador with special duties who may be sent to more than one government
5.
an authorized representative or messenger
Derived Forms
ambassadress, noun:feminine
ambassadorial (æmˌbæsəˈdɔːrɪəl) adjective
ambassadorship, noun
Usage note
The gender-neutral form is ambassador
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ambassadeur, from Italian ambasciator, from Old Provençal ambaisador, from ambaisa (unattested) mission, errand; see embassy
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Word Origin and History for ambassador-ship

ambassador

n.

late 14c., also embassador, from Middle French ambassadeur, from Old French embassator, via Provençal or Old Spanish from Latin ambactus "a servant, vassal," from Celtic amb(i)actos "a messenger, servant," from PIE *ambhi- "about" (see ambi-) + *ag- "drive, lead" (see act (v.)). Cf. embassy. Forms in am- and em- were used indiscriminately 17c.-18c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ambassador-ship in the Bible

In the Old Testament the Hebrew word _tsir_, meaning "one who goes on an errand," is rendered thus (Josh. 9:4; Prov. 13:17; Isa. 18:2; Jer. 49:14; Obad. 1:1). This is also the rendering of _melits_, meaning "an interpreter," in 2 Chr. 32:31; and of _malak_, a "messenger," in 2 Chr. 35:21; Isa. 30:4; 33:7; Ezek. 17:15. This is the name used by the apostle as designating those who are appointed by God to declare his will (2 Cor. 5:20; Eph. 6:20). The Hebrews on various occasions and for various purposes had recourse to the services of ambassadors, e.g., to contract alliances (Josh. 9:4), to solicit favours (Num. 20:14), to remonstrate when wrong was done (Judg. 11:12), to condole with a young king on the death of his father (2 Sam. 10:2), and to congratulate a king on his accession to the throne (1 Kings 5:1). To do injury to an ambassador was to insult the king who sent him (2 Sam. 10:5).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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