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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One, such as an ambassador, who has been appointed to represent a government in its relations with other governments.
  • n. One who uses skill and tact in dealing with others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who is accredited, such as an ambassador, to officially represent a government in its relations with other governments or international organisations
  • n. Someone who uses skill and tact in dealing with other people

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A diplomatist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is employed or skilled in diplomacy; a diplomatist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who deals tactfully with others
  • n. an official engaged in international negotiations

Etymologies

French diplomate, back-formation from diplomatique, diplomatic; see diplomatic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French diplomate, a back-formation from diplomatique ("diplomatic"), ultimately from Ancient Greek δίπλωμα (diploma, "double-folded document"). (Wiktionary)

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