embassy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n embassy a diplomatic building where ambassadors live or work
    • n embassy an ambassador and his entourage collectively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Embassy The person or persons sent as ambassadors or envoys; the ambassador and his suite; envoys.
    • Embassy The public function of an ambassador; the charge or business intrusted to an ambassador or to envoys; a public message to; foreign court concerning state affairs; hence, any solemn message. "He sends the angels on embassies with his decrees."
    • Embassy The residence or office of an ambassador.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embassy The public function or mission of an ambassador; the charge or employment of a public minister, whether ambassador or envoy; hence, an important mission of any kind: as, he was qualified for the embassy.
    • n embassy A message, as that of an ambassador; a charge committed to a messenger.
    • n embassy A mission, or the person or persons intrusted with a mission; a legation.
    • n embassy The official residence of an ambassador; the ambassadorial building or buildings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Embassy em′bas-i the charge or function of an ambassador: the person or persons sent on an undertaking
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. ambassée, embascée, LL. ambasciata, fr. ambasciare, for ambactiare, to go on a mission, fr. L. ambactus, vassal, dependent, of Celtic or German origin; cf. W. amaeth, husbandman, Goth. andbahts, servant, G. amt, office, OHG. ambaht,. Cf. Ambassador

Usage

In literature:

It is supposed that he will very shortly have one of the great Embassies.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
The embassy afforded ample material for the tales which at this time filled the imagination of the people.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
At the beginning of this year, Charles Dickens was in Paris for the purpose of giving a reading at the English Embassy.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Dr Samuel Bennet, the Chaplain of the Embassy, lunched with us.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Congratulatory embassies came from all lands, even from India.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
The same night he met Meddoes and Drummond together, the latter over from Paris on a week's leave from the Embassy.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They sent embassies into his camp, offering him their friendship and alliance.
"Hannibal" by Jacob Abbott
While the Spaniards were still occupied with their new settlement they were surprised by another embassy from Mexico.
"The True Story Book"
The embassy when all was arranged proceeded to the Latin capital.
"Romulus, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
Reckage was dining at home that evening with Orange, whose marriage was to take place at the Alberian Embassy on the morrow.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
She is employed by the Duke on an embassy of love to Olivia, but on an embassy of the most honorable kind.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Remain there until one, then come to the Embassy.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Very significant were the instructions which James gave to an embassy which he despatched to England after the downfall of the Earl.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
Westmorland, and Secretary of Embassy at Vienna.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
The time when this embassy was sent was in the year 1217, and the name of the principal embassador was Makinut.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
There had been a Sicilian embassy to praise Verres.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
It's Count Bielsk of the Roumanian Embassy.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
This is an embassy, if you know what that means.
"Mutineer" by Robert J. Shea
The cook of the embassy, Ky-tsin, was a man with more years than gallantry.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
The matter has been taken up from the Embassy, and everything possible will be done to hunt the assassin down.
"The Red Symbol" by John Ironside
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In poetry:

Our God in Christ! thine embassy,
And proffered mercy, we embrace;
And gladly reconciled to thee,
Thy condescending goodness praise.
"Hymn XI: God, the Offended God Most High" by Charles Wesley
Word-bringer, now thine embassy
Is closed, thou stayest not to fill
A lowlier office. Thou shalt be
Soon ’mid the angels, shining still!
"The Magi To The Star" by Mary Hannay Foott
Then with a smile, that filled the house with light,
"My errand is not Death, but Life," he said;
And ere I answered, passing out of sight,
On his celestial embassy he sped.
"The Two Angels. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Often beneath the wave, wide from this ledge
The dice of drowned men's bones he saw bequeath
An embassy. Their numbers as he watched,
Beat on the dusty shore and were obscured.
"At Melville's Tomb" by Harold Hart Crane
Butcher the evil millionaire, peasant,
And leave him stinking in the square.
Torture the chancellor. Leave the ambassador
Strung by his thumbs from the pleasant
Embassy wall, where the vines were.
Then drill your hogs and sons for another war.
"Interregnum" by Weldon Kees
WHILE at the judge's, Cupid was employed,
Some weighty things the Mantuan state annoyed,
Of such importance, that the rulers meant,
An embassy should to the Pope be sent.
As Anselm was a judge of high degree,
No one so well embassador could be.
"The Little Dog" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

View full size State Department, via MCT Sen John Kerry, right, meets with Gen David Petraeus, left, and US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W Eikenberry at the US Embassy in Afghanistan, August 17, 2010.
The first reports of massacres reached the US embassy in Istanbul in December 1914.
Presented by the Embassy Series at the Embassy of Austria.
The Embassy Series presents The Mendelssohn Trio in performance at the Embassy of Austria.
Which means the only call for help has to go to a team of mercenaries employed by the US embassy in Baghdad.
Militants in Yemen threatened Monday to strike the US Embassy for a second time.
Embassy hit in Yemen, raising militancy concerns.
An incendiary video about the prophet Muhammad, "Innocence of Muslims," was blamed for the mob attacks on our embassies in Libya and Egypt (and later, Yemen).
A New Fort, er, Embassy, for London.
LONDON — The State Department's announcement on Tuesday that it had selected a design by the Philadelphia firm KieranTimberlake for its new embassy in London was not exactly uplifting news.
In this photo taken Friday, Sept 14, 2012, smoke rises above protesters after they set alight cars in the US embassy parking lot in Tunis.
In this photo taken Friday, Sept 14, 2012, Tunisian protesters demonstrate outside the US embassy in Tunis.
The US Embassy in Kenya warned of a possible "terrorist attack" in Mombasa and ordered all of its staff to leave or avoid traveling to the port city until at least July 1.
A group of Iranians demonstrate in front of the US Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, on August 04, 2009.
At the Haitian embassy Wednesday night, people were crammed into the gorgeous lobby, hugging and crying and talking, so many that the crowd swirled halfway up the grand, sweeping staircase.
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In science:

JA acknowledges support from the Embassy of France in the United States.
Inherent Stochastic Linearization of Random Laser Modes
The Americans built a new wing to the embassy.
Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: Autonomy and Interaction in a Model of Sentence Processing
Voting centers in Venezuelan embassies and consulates were not included in the polling. A total of 23,827 people were interviewed in these centers.
The 2004 Venezuelan Presidential Recall Referendum: Discrepancies Between Two Exit Polls and Official Results
No embassies or consulates were included in the sample. A total of 12,347 people were interviewed.
The 2004 Venezuelan Presidential Recall Referendum: Discrepancies Between Two Exit Polls and Official Results
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