Meaning of “diplomat” in the English Dictionary

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"diplomat" in British English

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diplomatnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɪp.lə.mæt/ us /ˈdɪp.lə.mæt/

B2 old-fashioned diplomatist, an official whose job is to represent one country in another, and who usually works in an embassy:

a Spanish/British diplomat

approving a person who is skilled at dealing with difficult situations in a way that does not offend people

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  • The deal is being authored by a Greek diplomat.
  • The new government has expelled all foreign diplomats.
  • The diplomats have been sent home because their embassy has become a nest of spies and espionage.
  • Many diplomats attended a naval review to mark the anniversary of the end of the war.
  • The terrorists were holding several British diplomats captive.

(Definition of “diplomat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"diplomat" in American English

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diplomatnoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɪp·ləˌmæt/

politics & government a person who officially represents a country’s interests in a foreign country:

She is a skilled diplomat and an expert negotiator.

(Definition of “diplomat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)