Definitions

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

  • n. Archaic An embassy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An embassy.
  • n. Message; errand

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An embassy.
  • n. Message; errand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The business or mission of an ambassador; embassy.
  • n. The commission or charge of a messenger; a message.

Etymologies

Middle English ambassage, office or function of an ambassador, possibly variant of ambassade, from Old French ambassade, ambaxade, from Old Spanish ambaxada or Old Provençal ambaissada, both from Medieval Latin ambactiāta, from ambactia; see ambassador.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Brand and Gervais, fellow countrymen, come to these shores in the embassage of two very different types of Englishness.

    Brit Wit

  • 'And here is Brother Cadfael of the Shrewsbury Benedictines,' said Tudur heartily, placing Cadfael close at the high table, 'with an embassage to you, my lord, from that town and shire.'

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • John, son to Hugh's mother's younger sister, a gangling youth of nineteen, rode into the castle stiff with the dignity of the embassage with which he was entrusted, and reported himself ceremoniously to Hugh.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • Cadfael, listening, thought that Archbishop Theobald would be highly content with the result of his embassage.

    His Disposition

  • Hugh Beringar had ridden down from his house in the town as soon as word of Brother Mark's arrival had reached him, not because the sheriff had any official business in this clerical embassage, but for the pleasure of seeing again a young man he held in affectionate remembrance, and to whom, in this present instance, he might be able to give some help and advice.

    His Disposition

  • But whatever they had discussed and contemplated in retaliation suddenly hung in abeyance when Turcaill, grinning and glowing with his astonishing embassage, walked in upon their counsels to announce: "My lords, here on the threshold is Owain Gwynedd in his own royal person, asking speech with you."

    His Disposition

  • Chapter Twelve The expected embassage came with the dawn, and it was the marshall who brought it.

    A River So Long

  • Herbard needed only to be told that an envoy from the abbot was bound into Oswestry and beyond, and he added an embassage of his own to his sheriff.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • Philipson marked with much interest the effect which this most unexpected intimation produced on the members of the embassage.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Woe is me! why have I crowned my head with woven garlands, when misfortune greets my embassage?

    Hippolytus

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