legation

legation

[li-gey-shuhn]
noun
1.
a diplomatic minister and staff in a foreign mission.
2.
the official headquarters of a diplomatic minister.
3.
the office or position of a legate; mission.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English legacion < Latin lēgātiōn- (stem of lēgātiō) embassy. See legate, -ion

legationary [li-gey-shuh-ner-ee] , adjective
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legation (lɪˈɡeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  a diplomatic mission headed by a minister
2.  the official residence and office of a diplomatic minister
3.  the act of sending forth a diplomatic envoy
4.  the mission or business of a diplomatic envoy
5.  the rank or office of a legate
 
[C15: from Latin lēgātiō, from lēgātuslegate]
 
le'gationary
 
adj

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legation
mid-15c., from L. legationem, noun of action from legare (see legate).
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legation

major administrative division of the Papal States ruled by a cardinal legate during the 18th and 19th centuries. In the mid-19th century, on the eve of Italian unification, there were four such legations: Bologna (including Ferrara and Romagna), Urbino (covering the Marche), Perugia (covering Umbria), and Velletri (covering southern Lazio).

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