Meaning of chargé d'affaires

char•gé d'af•faires

Pronunciation: (shär-zhā' du-fâr', shär'zhā Fr. shar-zhā da-fer'), [key]
— pl. char•gés d'af•faires
  1. Also calledan official placed in charge of diplomatic business during the temporary absence of the ambassador or minister.
  2. an envoy to a state to which a diplomat of higher grade is not sent.
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