AskDefine | Define legation

Dictionary Definition



1 the post or office of legate [syn: legateship]
2 a permanent diplomatic mission headed by a minister [syn: foreign mission]

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From lēgātiō



  1. The post or office of a legate; a legateship.
  2. A diplomatic mission.
  3. The official residence of a diplomat.


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Extensive Definition

A legation was the term used in diplomacy to denote a diplomatic representative office lower than an embassy. The distinction between a legation and embassy was dropped following the Second World War, as all diplomatic representative offices were now designated as embassies, or high commissions.
A permanent diplomatic mission headed by a chief officer.
legation in Danish: Gesandtskab
legation in Norwegian: Gesandtskap
legation in Swedish: legation
legation in Vietnamese: Công sứ quán
legation in Chinese: 公使馆

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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