1. a diplomatic minister and staff in a foreign mission.
  2. the official headquarters of a diplomatic minister.
  3. the office or position of a legate; mission.


  1. a diplomatic mission headed by a minister
  2. the official residence and office of a diplomatic minister
  3. the act of sending forth a diplomatic envoy
  4. the mission or business of a diplomatic envoy
  5. the rank or office of a legate

n.mid-15c., from Old French legation and directly from Latin legationem (nominative legatio) “the office of an ambassador,” noun of action from past participle stem of legare (see legate).

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