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 amb(e)t developed quite regularly, via also attested ammet or ambt, into modern German Amt. Cognate with Dutch ambacht and ambt, Swedish ämbete, and Finnish ammatti. Cognate with 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