Meaning of “embassy” in the English Dictionary

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"embassy" in British English

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embassynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈem.bə.si/ us /ˈem.bə.si/

B1 the group of people who represent their country in a foreign country:

We used to be friendly with some people who worked at the Swedish Embassy.

B1 the building that these people work in:

The Ambassador held a reception at the embassy.

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  • Protesters staged an anti-war demonstration in front of the US embassy.
  • Soldiers guard the main doors of the embassy.
  • A bomb exploded at the embassy, injuring several people.
  • The embassy compound has been closed to the public because of a bomb threat.
  • Rebel soldiers overran the embassy last night.

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

"embassy" in American English

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embassynoun [ C ]

us /ˈem·bə·si/

the group of people who officially represent their country in a foreign country, or the building they work in:

I’ll be working at the American embassy in Paris.

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

"embassy" in Business English

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embassynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈembəsi/ us 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. Department of Agriculture to allow in plants with artificial soil.

(Definition of “embassy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)