attaché

[a-ta-shey, at-uh- or, esp. British, uh-tash-ey]
noun
1.
a diplomatic official attached to an embassy or legation, especially in a technical capacity: a commercial attaché; a cultural attaché.
2.
a military officer who is assigned to a diplomatic post in a foreign country in order to gather military information: an air attaché; an army attaché; a naval attaché.
3.
Also, attache. attaché case.

Origin:
1825–35; < French: literally, attached, past participle of attacher to attach

attach, attaché.
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attaché (əˈtæʃeɪ, French ataʃe)
 
n
1.  a specialist attached to a diplomatic mission: military attaché
2.  (Brit) a junior member of the staff of an embassy or legation
 
[C19: from French: someone attached (to a mission), from attacher to attach]

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attache
1835, from Fr. attaché "junior officer attached to the staff of an ambassador, etc.," lit. "attached," pp. of attacher "to attach" (see attach). Attache case "small leather case for carrying papers" first recorded 1904.
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attaché [(a-ta-shay, at-uh-shay)]

A diplomatic officer attached to an embassy or consulate. Most attachés have specialties, such as military attachés, cultural attachés, economic attachés, and so forth.

Note: Some nations disguise spies as attachés.
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Example sentences
His military attache is eager to trade arms for drug money.
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