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chargé d'affaires

[shahr-zhey duh-fair, shahr-zhey; French shar-zhey da-fer] /ʃɑrˈʒeɪ dəˈfɛər, ˈʃɑr ʒeɪ; French ʃar ʒeɪ daˈfɛr/
noun, plural chargés d'affaires
[shahr-zheyz duh-fair, shahr-zheyz; French shar-zhey da-fer] /ʃɑrˈʒeɪz dəˈfɛər, ˈʃɑr ʒeɪz; French ʃar ʒeɪ daˈfɛr/ (Show IPA).
Government
1.
Also called chargé d'affaires ad interim. an official placed in charge of diplomatic business during the temporary absence of the ambassador or minister.
2.
an envoy to a state to which a diplomat of higher grade is not sent.
Origin of chargé d'affaires
1760-1770
1760-70; < French: literally, one in charge of things
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chargé d'affaires

/ˈʃɑːʒeɪ dæˈfɛə; French ʃarʒe dafɛr/
noun (pl) chargés d'affaires (ˈʃɑːʒeɪ; -ʒeɪz; French) (ʃarʒe)
1.
the temporary head of a diplomatic mission in the absence of the ambassador or minister
2.
the head of a diplomatic mission of the lowest level
Word Origin
C18: from French: (one) charged with affairs
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