embassy

embassy 1570s, "position of an ambassador," from M.Fr. embassee "mission, charge, office of ambassador," O.Fr. ambassee, from It. ambasciata, from O.Prov. ambaisada "office of ambassador," from Gaul. *ambactos "dependant, vassal," lit. "one going around," from PIE *amb(i)-ag-to, from *ambi- (see AMBI- (Cf. ambi-)) + *ambi- "around" (see AMBI- (Cf. ambi-)) + *ag- "to drive, move" (see ACT (Cf. act)). Meaning "official residence and retinue of an ambassador" is from 1764. In earlier use were embassade (late 15c.), ambassade (early 15c.).

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  • Embassy — Em bas*sy, n.; pl. {Embassies}. [OF. ambass[ e]e, embasc[ e]e, LL. ambasciata, fr. ambasciare for ambactiare to go on a mission, fr. L. ambactus vassal, dependent, of Celtic or German origin; cf. W. amaeth husbandman, Goth. andbahts servant, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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