What does embassy mean?

Definitions for embassy
ˈɛm bə siem·bassy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embassynoun

    a diplomatic building where ambassadors live or work

  2. embassynoun

    an ambassador and his entourage collectively


  1. embassynoun

    The function or duty of an ambassador.

  2. embassynoun

    An organization or group of officials who permanently represent a sovereign state in a second sovereign state or with respect to an international organization such as the United Nations.

    The American embassy to France is located in Paris.

  3. embassynoun

    A temporary mission representing a sovereign state.

    The Japanese embassy to the United States traveled to Washington, D.C., where it was received by , before continuing on to New York and then returning to Japan, making several stops on the way.

  4. embassynoun

    The official residence of such a group, or of an ambassador.

  5. Etymology: Variant form of ambassy, from ambassée, from ambascee, enbassee, from ambasciata, from ambayassada (compare ambaissada), from ambaissa, from * (as hostages were used to seal pacts), from ambahtijaz, from * (compare amos, amsach, amaeth). More at ambassador.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Embassage, Embassynoun

    Fresh embassy and suits,
    Nor from the state nor private friends, hereafter,
    Will I lend ear to. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    When he was at Newcastle he sent a solemn embassage unto James III. king of Scotland, to treat and conclude a peace with him. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    The peace polluted thus, a chosen band
    He first commissions to the Latian land,
    In threat’ning embassy. John Dryden, Æn.

    He sends the angels on embassies with his decrees. Taylor.

    A bird was made fly with such art to carry a written embassage among the ladies, that one might say, if a live bird, how taught? If dead, how made? Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Nimble mischance, that art so light of foot,
    Doth not thy embassage belong to me?
    And am I last that know it. William Shakespeare, Richard II.


  1. embassy

    A diplomatic mission or foreign mission is a group of people from a state or organization present in another state to represent the sending state or organization officially in the receiving or host state. In practice, the phrase usually denotes an embassy, which is the main office of a country's diplomatic representatives to another country; it is usually, but not necessarily, based in the receiving state's capital city. Consulates, on the other hand, are smaller diplomatic missions that are normally located in major cities of the receiving state (but can be located in the capital, typically when the sending country has no embassy in the receiving state). As well as being a diplomatic mission to the country in which it is situated, an embassy may also be a nonresident permanent mission to one or more other countries.The term embassy is sometimes used interchangeably with chancery, the physical office or site of a diplomatic mission. Consequently, the terms "embassy residence" and "embassy office" are used to distinguish between the ambassador's residence and the chancery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embassynoun

    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

  2. Embassynoun

    the person or persons sent as ambassadors or envoys; the ambassador and his suite; envoys

  3. Embassynoun

    the residence or office of an ambassador

  4. Etymology: [OF. ambasse, embasce, 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.]


  1. Embassy

    Embassy is a brand of cigarettes from Imperial Tobacco. First sold in 1914 and relaunched as a coupon brand in 1962, in 1976 they were invited to sponsor the World Snooker Championships, which they did from then until 2005 at which time they had to pull out due to the UK government's ban on tobacco sponsorship. When the Embassy brand was launched, more effort was put into developing and launching it than any other previous cigarette brand. Embassy Filter was introduced in 1962 and, by the late 1960s, was the most popular brand of cigarette in the UK, taking 24% of the market in 1968. In 2001, Embassy No. 1 had a 3.1% share of the UK licit cigarette market, and an estimated 4.8% share of the illicit market. In 2004, Embassy accounted for 24% of the premium segment of the UK market. Former snooker world champion, the late Alex Higgins sued the makers of Embassy in 1999, claiming that the encouragement from the sponsors to smoke Embassy cigarettes, and the free cigarettes given to players had contributed to him contracting throat cancer. Embassy is currently one of the most expensive cigarette brands in the UK with prices ranging from £7.50 - £8.00 per pack of 20, it also has a sister brand, named Embassy Regal

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Embassy

    em′bas-i, n. the charge or function of an ambassador: the person or persons sent on an undertaking.—ns. Em′bassade, Em′bassage (same as Ambassage); Embass′ador (same as Ambassador).

Editors Contribution

  1. embassy

    A type of unity government building with specific unity government accountability and responsibility.

    The embassy were responsible for processing visas.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'embassy' in Nouns Frequency: #2256

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of embassy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of embassy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of embassy in a Sentence

  1. Lauren Miller:

    Neither the U.S. Embassy nor the funeral home would contact my mother until she contacted [Senator] Barbara Mikulski's office and they reached out to the State Department.

  2. Steven Pifer:

    The only way you are going to stay perfectly safe is if you stay holed up in the embassy and I would argue that the ambassador's not doing his job in those circumstances.

  3. Julia Mason:

    A representative from the Swedish Embassy … last visited Mr. Warmbier on March 2, 2016, we are in regular, close coordination with representatives of the Embassy of Sweden.

  4. Foreign Ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir:

    We received notification from Bali's attorney general yesterday that the two Australians whose clemency has been rejected by the president will be executed in February 2015, we have informed the Australian embassy of this.

  5. Julien Barnes-Dacey:

    The fact that the UAE was unwilling to cut off ties with Iran completely, despite the closeness of its relations with Saudi Arabia, shows the difficulty that the Saudis will have in trying to isolate Iran, the downgrading of ties is not fundamentally a question of responding to executions and the storming of an embassy... (but rather) a function of a much deeper conflict between the two states.

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