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IELTS BNC: 4389 COCA: 5731


embassy /ˈɛmbəsi/ noun
plural embassies
plural embassies
Learner's definition of EMBASSY
: a group of people who work under an ambassador and represent their country in a foreign country大使馆工作人员
: the building where an ambassador lives and works大使馆;大使馆官邸及办公处
IELTS BNC: 4389 COCA: 5731



em·​bas·​sy ˈem-bə-sē How to pronounce embassy (audio)
plural embassies
: a body of diplomatic representatives
specifically : one headed by an ambassador
: the function or position of an ambassador
: a mission abroad undertaken officially especially by an ambassador
: the official residence and offices of an ambassador

Example Sentences

Protesters marched outside the American embassy.
Recent Examples on the Web The Chinese embassy in New Delhi did not immediately respond to calls and an email. Reuters, CNN, 9 Sep. 2022 President Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the embassy about 6 p.m. to sign a condolence book. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 Movement inside the Iranian embassy in Tirana had been nonstop overnight. Llazar Semini, ajc, 8 Sep. 2022 Last April, the Brazilian embassy held a very first open event in Raanana, the upscale Tel Aviv suburb that gathers the largest concentration of Brazilians in Israel with some 300 families. Marcus M. Gilban, Sun Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2022 Even Kisumu—Odinga’s hometown which the US embassy had warned its staff against traveling to—has remained peaceful. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 6 Sep. 2022 The two embassy employees who were killed were identified by the Russian government as a diplomat and a security guard, and Zadran said at least 10 others were injured along with the four civilians who died. Christina Goldbaum, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2022 Russia is one of the few countries to have maintained an embassy in Kabul after the Taliban took over the country more than a year ago. Reuters, NBC News, 5 Sep. 2022 Murga, an infantry officer assigned to the DEA station in Bogotá, got suspicious when Gould asked him to load a pair of punching bags onto a C-130 bound for Florida, and to not stop by the U.S. embassy on the way to the airfield. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History


probably alteration (by substitution of the suffix -y entry 2) of embassade, variant (with em- after embassador "ambassador" and other derivatives based on Romance forms with em- em- replacing am- of ambassade,) going back to Middle English ambassiat, ambassiad, ambassate, ambassade "office of an ambassador, diplomatic mission, persons trusted with such a mission," borrowed from Anglo-French ambassiate, ambassade "diplomatic mission" and Middle French ambassade, ambaxade "diplomatic or political mission, persons sent on such a mission, ambassador," borrowed from Italian (13th-century) ambasciata "diplomatic mission, official message," borrowed from Old Occitan ambayssada "diplomatic mission," earlier ambayssat "message," derivatives (with the suffixes of action and result -at, -ada) of *ambaissa, going back to Late Latin ambascia, ambassia "mission, errand, task, journey," borrowed from Germanic *ambahtja- "service, office" (whence Old English ambiht, embiht "service, ministry," Old Saxon ambaht "office, service," Old High German ambahti "commission, task, obligation, service," Old Icelandic embætti "service, office, task," Gothic andbahti "office, service, assistance"), derivative of *ambahtjōn- or *ambahta- "servant, follower" (whence Old English ombiht, embiht "servant, attendant, officer," Old Saxon ambahtio "servant," Old High German ambaht "servant, holder of a spiritual or lay office," Old Icelandic ambátt "bondwoman, female servant," Gothic andbahts "servant"), borrowed from Celtic *ambaχto- (whence Welsh amaeth "plowman, tillage," Gaulish *ambaktos, in Latin texts as ambactus "servant"), agentive noun from the verbal adjective of *ambi-ag-, whence Old Irish imm‧aig "(s/he) drives around, pursues," going back to Indo-European *h2m̥bhi "around" + *h2eǵ- "drive" — more at -ade, ambient entry 1, agent

Note: Romance and Medieval Latin forms show frequent fluctuation between initial am- and em- in this family of words; this is conditioned by the replacement of am- by the more transparent verb-forming prefix em-, and perhaps in part also by the homonymy of the two suffixes in medieval French. The form embassy competed in early Modern English with ambassy, but the latter apparently declined by the eighteenth century. Samuel Johnson noted in his dictionary (1755) that "our authors write almost indiscriminately embassador or ambassador, embassage or ambassage; yet there is scarce an example of ambassy, all concurring to write embassy." — The hypothesis that Italian ambasciata represents a loan from Old Occitan rather than a direct borrowing from spoken Latin *ambactiāta or from Germanic is based on phonetic developments in Italian: the cluster -kti̯- regularly results in -cci- (tracciare "to trace, mark out," from *tractiāre) or -zz- (drizzare "to direct," from *dīrectiāre), but not -sci-. — As noted by Ernout and Meillet (Dictionaire étymologique de la langue latine), the word ambactus is not naturalized in Latin ("Mot étranger—non pas mot d'emprunt"). Its use is attributed to the early Roman author Ennius by the grammarian Sextus Pompeius Festus: "apud Ennium lingua gallica seruus appellatur … seruus ambactus, i.e. circumactus dicitur" (in the work of Ennius servus ["slave, servant"] is called [by a word in] Gaulish …servus is ambactus, that is to say, "one who is made to go around"); ambactus is not, however, attested in the extant fragments of Ennius's poetry. More light is thrown on the word by Julius Caesar, who uses the word in describing Gaulish social structure (De bello Gallico, 6.15.2): "… atque eorum ut quisque est genere copiisque amplissimus, ita plurimos circum se ambactos clientesque habet." ("And as each of them [the equites = "knights," as opposed to the druids and the commoners] is distinguished by birth or resources, so he maintains around himself the greater number of ambacti and clients.") Here the word more likely means "follower" or "vassal" than "servant" or "slave," corresponding to its meaning in Germanic ("servant," but also "person fulfilling an official function"). These senses underly the rich development of the word in Romance languages. The Welsh word amaeth "plowman," however, retains what must have been the original meaning of the deverbal derivative, "one who drives (a plowing ox) around."

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Time Traveler
The first known use of embassy was in 1549
IELTS BNC: 4389 COCA: 5731


ADJECTIVE | VERB + EMBASSY | EMBASSY + NOUN | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEforeign外國大使館American, British, Chinese, etc.美國、英國、中國等大使館VERB + EMBASSYclose, open關閉/設立大使館They broke off diplomatic relations and closed the embassies in each other's country.兩國中斷外交關係,並關閉了在對方國家的大使館。reopen重開大使館attack, bomb, storm攻擊/轟炸/猛攻大使館guard守衞大使館EMBASSY + NOUNbuilding, compound大使館樓;大使館official, personnel, staff大使館官員/人員/工作人員spokesman, spokeswoman大使館發言人/女發言人bombing大使館爆炸PREPOSITIONat an/the embassy在大使館She works at the Malaysian embassy in Buenos Aires.她在馬來西亞駐布宜諾斯艾利斯的大使館工作。in an/the embassy在大使館裏a fire in the Spanish embassy發生在西班牙大使館的火災outside an/the embassy在大使館外a protest outside the American embassy美國大使館外的抗議
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0_0: Translations of Embassy
  • # n.
    大使館: embassy
    館: accommodation for guests, embassy, establishment, gloriette, house, place for cultural or sports activities
    使館: consulate, embassy, mission, diplomatic mission

0_0: Definitions of Embassy
  • # noun.
    - the official residence or offices of an ambassador.
    * the Chilean embassy in Moscow
    - a deputation or mission sent by one ruler or state to another.
    * Worsley failed to be selected to join the embassy to Sweden

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