• WordNet 3.6
    • n ambassador a diplomat of the highest rank; accredited as representative from one country to another
    • n ambassador an informal representative "an ambassador of good will"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Ambassadors purchasing Æsculapius The Ambassadors purchasing Æsculapius
Self-possession of Fabricius, the Ambassador, under rather Trying Circumstances Self-possession of Fabricius, the Ambassador, under rather Trying Circumstances
Curius Dentatus refusing the Magnificent Gift offered by the Samnite Ambassadors Curius Dentatus refusing the Magnificent Gift offered by the Samnite Ambassadors
Hannibal leads the Ambassadors rather a fatiguing Walk round Carthage Hannibal leads the Ambassadors rather a fatiguing Walk round Carthage

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Joel Poinsett, the 1st US ambassador to Mexico, brought the poinsettia to US in 1828. The plant, called "flower of the blessed night" in Mexico was renamed in Poinsett's honor.
    • Ambassador A minister of the highest rank sent to a foreign court to represent there his sovereign or country.
    • Ambassador An official messenger and representative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Hans Holbein's painting, "The Ambassadors," the artist added a small skull as a way of signing his name. Holbein is another word for "hollow bone" or "a skull."
    • n ambassador A diplomatic agent of the highest rank, employed to represent officially one prince or state at the court or to the government of another. Diplomatic agents are divided into three general classes: ambassadors, legates, and nuncios;
    • n ambassador Hence — In general, any diplomatic agent of high rank; an agent or a representative of another on any mission.
    • n ambassador A thing sent as expressive of the sentiments of the sender.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ambassador am-bas′a-dur a diplomatic minister of the highest order sent by one sovereign power to another
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  • William Butler Yeats
    “Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.”
  • Sir Henry Wotton
    Sir Henry Wotton
    “An ambassador is an honest person sent to lie abroad for their country.”
  • Bible
    “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [2 Corinthians 5:20]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Embassador
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. ambasciadore—L. ambactus, derived by Grimm from Goth. andbahts, a servant, whence Ger. amt, office; by Zeuss and others traced to a Celtic source, and identified with W. amaeth, a husbandman.


In literature:

He becomes useful to an ambassador, who makes him a partaker of his confidence.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
The gorgeousness of the ambassador's dress was thought remarkable even in those gorgeous times.
"Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth" by Lucy Aikin
The Comtesse was insistent, and the Ambassador himself had charged his spouse to invite her.
"High Noon" by Anonymous
I shall dine at the ambassador's tomorrow, and there will be a large party.
"The Poacher" by Frederick Marryat
Magnan opened it, waiting for the ambassador.
"The Yillian Way" by John Keith Laumer
The new Turkish Ambassador has just arrived.
"Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard
Far different advice had been sent to her by the new ambassadors of the emperor.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
A priest, Juan Cobo, and an infantry captain were thereupon accredited to the Japanese Court as Philippine Ambassadors.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
It was the ambassador himself.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
The Peruvian Ambassador has promised to do all in his power.
"Behind the Beyond" by Stephen Leacock

In poetry:

Behold! th' Ambassador Divine,
Descending from above,
To publish to mankind the law
Of everlasting love!
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
Border trucks flooded, food can’t get past,
American Angel machine please come fast!
Where is Ambassador Bunker today?
Are his Helios machine gunning children at play?
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
THE AMBASSADOR commenced his form to change:—
From human frame to frame he 'gan to range;
But what became his own fantastick state,
Our books are silent, nor the facts relate.
"Belphegor Addressed To Miss De Chammelay" by Jean de La Fontaine
I am the monarch of the Road!
My court I hold with singing,
Each bird a gay ambassador,
Each flower a censer, swinging;
And every little roadside thing
A wonder to confound a king.
"The Happy Traveller" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
My name is Water: I have sped
Through strange, dark ways, untried before,
By pure desire of friendship led,
Cochituate's ambassador;
He sends four royal gifts by me:
Long life, health, peace, and purity.
"Ode Written For The Celebration Of The Cochituate Water Into The City Of Boston" by James Russell Lowell
When once the twilight screws were turned,
And mother milk was stiff as sand,
I sent my own ambassador to light;
By trick or chance he fell asleep
And conjured up a carcass shape
To rob me of my fluids in his heart.
"When Once The Twilight Locks No Longer" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

In 2006, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a Saudi royal and former ambassador to the US, listed his Aspen, Colo. Ranch for $135 million.
American Ambassador to Syria Visits Focal Point in Uprising.
Pete Peterson, the first American Ambassador to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, gave the visiting Secretary of State, Madeleine K Albright, a precious gift today: a brick.
She passed away at age 76 in Paris, where she had been Amercica's ambassador to France.
President Barack Obama has paid tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens and three.
The shoe ads are girly, super-cute and aimed directly at teenage girls, which makes the singer-actress a perfect brand ambassador.
B'nai B'rith Deplores Attack that Killed US Ambassador to Libya.
Jeremy Greenstock, Britain's ambassador to the United Nations from 1998 to 2003, arrives at the Iraq inquiry in London on Friday.
Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, right, accompanying Singapore's Senior Minister Goh Chok Thong, center, to a meeting with Ben Bernake in 2006.
Domino, a 10-foot-long art pig, is hoping to up his profile across the city as an ambassador for the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods.
Britain 'invited' Israel's ambassador to discuss the apparent use of forged British passports by a hit squad that murdered Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas official, in Dubai.
Surprised to see the news the other day that the Obama administration is sending an ambassador back to Syria.
' HOBY ' ambassador nominated from South Whidbey High.
Washington International Horse Show youth ambassador doesn't horse around .
Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun has spent nearly $30 million on his ballot proposal - 5:12 pm.

In science:

In the summer of 1972 he was sent, as the ITEP Ambassador, to the Rochester conference which took place at Fermilab that year.
$k$ Strings from Various Perspectives: QCD, Lattices, String Theory and Toy Models
I thank Argentine Minister Marcelo Cima for attending the seminar, representing Ambassador Jose Octavio Bordón, who was on official business in Puerto Rico.
Analysis of evidence of Mars life