embassy

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɛmbəsi/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈɛmbəsi/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(embə sē)

Inflections of 'embassy' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": embassies

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•bas•sy /ˈɛmbəsi/USA pronunciation   n. [countable], pl.  -sies. 
  1. Governmentthe official headquarters of an ambassador.
  2. Governmenta mission or group of officials and workers who are headed by an ambassador.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•bas•sy  (embə sē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -sies. 
  1. Governmenta body of persons entrusted with a mission to a sovereign or government, esp. an ambassador and his or her staff.
  2. Governmentthe official headquarters of an ambassador.
  3. Governmentthe function or office of an ambassador.
  4. Governmenta mission headed by an ambassador.
  • Gaulish, equivalent. to amb- around, ambi- + -act- verbal adjective, adjectival of *ag- drive, lead; compare act, Welsh amaeth husbandman); compare ambassador
  • Medieval Latin ambasciāre, derivative of ambascia service, office, derivative, by a Gmc intermediary (compare Gothic andbahti, Old High German ambahti) of Gallo-Latin ambactus retainer, servant (
  • Middle French ambassee, Old French ambasce, ambaxee Old Provencal ambaissada, derivative of embayssar to send a delegate
  • variant of ambassy 1570–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
embassy /ˈɛmbəsɪ/ n ( pl -sies)
  1. the residence or place of official business of an ambassador
  2. an ambassador and his entourage collectively
  3. the position, business, or mission of an ambassador
  4. any important or official mission, duty, etc, esp one undertaken by an agent
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French ambassee, from Old Italian ambasciata, from Old Provençal ambaisada, ultimately of Germanic origin; see ambassador
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