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[dip-luh-mat] /ˈdɪp ləˌmæt/
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.
Origin of diplomat
1805-15; < French diplomate, back formation from diplomatique diplomatic
Can be confused
diplomat, diplomate. Unabridged
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  • 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 diplomat.
  • Near the railway station, another call seals the fate of a diplomat.
  • And then there's also being a little bit of a diplomat.
  • Lewis, a career diplomat, believed that nations generally do want peace.
  • One diplomat cautions against being overly cynical, however.
  • One western diplomat says they occupied the local radio station, but abandoned it after the authorities cut off the power.
  • His life as a diplomat, an exile, and sometimes a fugitive was not an easy one.
  • NJ restaurateur moonlights as unofficial diplomat.
British Dictionary definitions for diplomat


an official, such as an ambassador or first secretary, engaged in diplomacy
a person who deals with people tactfully or skilfully
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Word Origin and History for diplomat

1813, from French diplomate, a back-formation from diplomatique (see diplomatic) on model of aristocrate from aristocratique.

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