a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative (ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary)
a diplomatic official of the highest rank sent by a government to represent it on a temporary mission, as for negotiating a treaty.
a diplomatic official serving as permanent head of a country’s mission to the United Nations or some other international organization.
an authorized messenger or representative.
Abbreviation: Amb., amb.
Contemporary Examples

Under the current president and his predecessor, Jett notes, the ambassadorship of Belize has gone to college roommates.
U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale William O’Connor January 1, 2015

This is promising since he already has established trust with Israel from his ambassadorship.
What Should We Expect From Martin Indyk? Rachel Cohen July 23, 2013

Nyamayaro was the one who offered Watson the ambassadorship, and has handled her relationship with the UN ever since.
From Hermione to U.N. Heroine: Emma Watson’s ‘Badass’ Transformation Asawin Suebsaeng September 21, 2014

Sembler was lampooned as a wealthy airhead who basically won the ambassadorship at auction.
Mel Sembler: Mitt Romney’s Florida Fat Cat Lloyd Grove August 23, 2012

An ambassadorship to the Vatican, as has been speculated in recent British press reports, seems very unlikely.
Caroline Kennedy’s Next Move Lloyd Grove May 4, 2009

Historical Examples

I decided to take his seat for myself, so I asked the President to offer him an ambassadorship.
Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House

You should have been a diplomat, Croyden—nothing less than an ambassadorship for you, my boy!
In Her Own Right John Reed Scott

Through all his brief ambassadorship Lichnowsky had shown these same friendly traits.
The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I Burton J. Hendrick

There’s an ugly story going about privately as to how he got the ambassadorship.
The Great God Success John Graham (David Graham Phillips)

And that it was a great part, the story of his ambassadorship abundantly proves.
The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II Burton J. Hendrick

short for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary; a diplomatic minister of the highest rank, accredited as permanent representative to another country or sovereign
ambassador extraordinary, a diplomatic minister of the highest rank sent on a special mission
ambassador plenipotentiary, a diplomatic minister of the first rank with treaty-signing powers
(US) ambassador-at-large, an ambassador with special duties who may be sent to more than one government
an authorized representative or messenger

late 14c., also embassador, from Middle French ambassadeur, from Old French embassator, via Provençal or Old Spanish from Latin ambactus “a servant, vassal,” from Celtic amb(i)actos “a messenger, servant,” from PIE *ambhi- “about” (see ambi-) + *ag- “drive, lead” (see act (v.)). Cf. embassy. Forms in am- and em- were used indiscriminately 17c.-18c.

In the Old Testament the Hebrew word _tsir_, meaning “one who goes on an errand,” is rendered thus (Josh. 9:4; Prov. 13:17; Isa. 18:2; Jer. 49:14; Obad. 1:1). This is also the rendering of _melits_, meaning “an interpreter,” in 2 Chr. 32:31; and of _malak_, a “messenger,” in 2 Chr. 35:21; Isa. 30:4; 33:7; Ezek. 17:15. This is the name used by the apostle as designating those who are appointed by God to declare his will (2 Cor. 5:20; Eph. 6:20). The Hebrews on various occasions and for various purposes had recourse to the services of ambassadors, e.g., to contract alliances (Josh. 9:4), to solicit favours (Num. 20:14), to remonstrate when wrong was done (Judg. 11:12), to condole with a young king on the death of his father (2 Sam. 10:2), and to congratulate a king on his accession to the throne (1 Kings 5:1). To do injury to an ambassador was to insult the king who sent him (2 Sam. 10:5).


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