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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).
Also called chargé d'affaires ad interim. an official placed in charge of diplomatic business during the temporary absence of the ambassador or minister.
an envoy to a state to which a diplomat of higher grade is not sent.
Origin of chargé d'affaires
1760-70; < French: literally, one in charge of things Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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chargé d'affaires

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