1. a person appointed by a national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries.
  2. a person who is tactful and skillful in managing delicate situations, handling people, etc.


  1. an official, such as an ambassador or first secretary, engaged in diplomacy
  2. a person who deals with people tactfully or skilfully

1813, from French diplomate, a back-formation from diplomatique (see diplomatic) on model of aristocrate from aristocratique.

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