From Middle High German ambahte, ambehte, ambet, ammet, ampt, ambt, amt, from Old High German ambahti, ambaht, from Proto-Germanic *ambahtaz, from Gaulish ambaxtos, from Proto-Celtic *ambaxtos. The Middle High German contracted form ambet developed quite regularly, via also attested ammet or ambt, into modern German Amt. Cognate with Dutch ambacht and ambt. Cognate to ambassador.
- agency; department; office (state institution responsible for specified concerns)
- office; post (public function, e.g. of a civil servant)
- (Roman Catholicism, chiefly in compounds) mass; office
- (now Switzerland, Germany historical) administrative unit (of a country); district
- “Amt” in Duden online