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 English umbe, agent, and 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
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