a person appointed by a national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries.
a person who is tactful and skillful in managing delicate situations, handling people, etc.

1805–15; < French diplomate, back formation from diplomatique diplomatic

diplomat, diplomate.
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diplomat (ˈdɪpləˌmæt)
1.  an official, such as an ambassador or first secretary, engaged in diplomacy
2.  a person who deals with people tactfully or skilfully

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Word Origin & History

1813, from Fr. diplomate, a back formation from diplomatique (see diplomatic) on model of aristocrate from aristocratique.
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Example sentences
The politician, diplomat and publisher was also a first-grade scientist.
Aside from the odd diplomat or journalist, few need a bag carried.
Hay had not only the manners of a gentleman, but also the special carriage of a
Near the railway station, another call seals the fate of a diplomat.
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