• WordNet 3.6
    • n plenipotentiary a diplomat who is fully authorized to represent his or her government
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Plenipotentiary A person invested with full power to transact any business; especially, an ambassador or envoy to a foreign court, with full power to negotiate a treaty, or to transact other business.
    • a Plenipotentiary Containing or conferring full power; invested with full power; as, plenipotentiary license; plenipotentiary ministers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • plenipotentiary Invested with, having, or bestowing full power: as, plenipotentiary authority; ministers plenipotentiary.
    • n plenipotentiary (-riz.). A person invested with full power to transact any business; specifically, an ambassador or envoy to a foreign court, furnished with full powers to negotiate a treaty or to transact other business. A plenipotentiary is not necessarily accredited to any specified foreign court. Frequently meetings of plenipotentiaries for concluding peace, negotiating treaties, etc., are held in some neutral place, so that they may conduct their negotiations and despatch their business uninfluenced by any special power.
    • n plenipotentiary Synonyms See ambassador, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Plenipotentiary plen-i-po-ten′shi-a-ri conferring or having full powers
    • n Plenipotentiary a person invested with full powers, esp. a special ambassador or envoy to some foreign court
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. plenipotentiarius,: cf. F. plénipotentiaire,


In literature:

Even the emperor's plenipotentiaries began to talk in more moderate terms.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Our minister plenipotentiary isn't a backward chap either.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
Return to Vienna, and send immediately for the Austrian plenipotentiaries.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Plenipotentiary during the absences of Prince Esterhazy, succeeded him as Austrian Minister in 1842.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
It was even broadly stated that the plenipotentiary's correspondence had been intercepted by the agents of the government.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
The day on which these plenipotentiaries departed, M. S*** came to congratulate Napoleon.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
It is now governed by plenipotentiaries from all the provinces, under the presidency of General Freire.
"A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. Vol. 1" by Otto von Kotzebue
Seemingly, the British plenipotentiaries had a motive in reserve for delaying the negotiations for peace.
"The Battle of New Orleans" by Zachary F. Smith
The ambassador was accompanied by the minister plenipotentiary, and followed by his page and interpreter.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
I 'm going to make you our minister plenipotentiary.
"Skinner's Dress Suit" by Henry Irving Dodge

In news:

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran c/o H. E Javad Zarif Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Fax 212 867-7086.