Definition of “embassy” - 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)