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legation

[li-gey-shuh n] /lɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
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
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English legacion < Latin lēgātiōn- (stem of lēgātiō) embassy. See legate, -ion
Related forms
legationary
[li-gey-shuh-ner-ee] /lɪˈgeɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for legationary

legation

/lɪˈɡeɪʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
legationary, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin lēgātiō, from lēgātuslegate
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Word Origin and History for legationary

legation

n.

mid-15c., from Old French legation and directly from Latin legationem (nominative legatio) "the office of an ambassador," noun of action from past participle stem of legare (see legate).

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Encyclopedia Article for legationary

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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