embassy

\ \ [16] Ultimately, embassy comes from the same source as ambassador, the Vulgar Latin verb *ambactiārego on a mission’ (a derivative, via a rather circuitous route, of Latin ambactusvassal’, which was of Celtic origin).
\ \ From the verb was derived the Old French noun ambassade, which was borrowed into English in the 15th century but was gradually supplanted from the 16th century onwards by embassy, acquired from another Old French derivative ambassee.
\ \ Cf.AMBASSADOR

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  • embassy — UK US /ˈembəsi/ noun [C] (plural embassies) ► POLITICS, GOVERNMENT a group of people who represent their country in a foreign country, or the building where they work: »Officials at the Mexican Embassy in Washington have been lobbying the U.S.… …   Financial and business terms

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  • Embassy — Em bas*sy, n.; pl. {Embassies}. [OF. ambass[ e]e, embasc[ e]e, 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embassy — 1570s, position of an ambassador, from M.Fr. embassee mission, charge, office of ambassador, O.Fr. ambassee, from It. ambasciata, from O.Prov. ambaisada office of ambassador, from Gaul. *ambactos dependant, vassal, lit. one going around, from PIE …   Etymology dictionary

  • embassy — [n] residence, offices of overseas representatives commission, committee, consular office, consulate, delegation, diplomatic office, legation, ministry, mission; concepts 439,449,516 …   New thesaurus

  • embassy — ► NOUN (pl. embassies) 1) the official residence or offices of an ambassador. 2) chiefly historical a deputation sent by one state to another. ORIGIN Old French ambasse, from Latin ambactus servant (related to AMBASSADOR(Cf. ↑ambassadress)) …   English terms dictionary

  • embassy — [em′bə sē] n. pl. embassies [earlier ambassy < MFr ambassée < OIt ambasciata < Prov ambaissada < * ambaissa: see AMBASSADOR] 1. the position, functions, or business of an ambassador 2. the official residence or offices of an… …   English World dictionary

  • embassy — 01. There was a demonstration at the American [Embassy] in Bonn to protest against the bombing of Iraq. 02. He went to the [embassy] to report that his passport had been stolen. 03. The rebels are holding staff members of the American [Embassy]… …   Grammatical examples in English

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  • embassy — n. 1) a foreign embassy 2) at, in an embassy (she works at/in the embassy) * * * [ embəsɪ] in an embassy (she works at/in the embassy) a foreignembassy at …   Combinatory dictionary

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