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Em"bas*sy (?), n.; pl. Embassies (#). [OF. ambass'ee, embasc'ee, 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.

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.

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

2.

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

3.

The residence or office of an ambassador.

⇒ Sometimes, but rarely, spelled ambassy.

 

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