agent general

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From agent + general, after French agent général, Italian agente generale.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌeɪdʒənt ˈdʒɛn(ə)ɹəl/


agent general (plural agents general)

  1. (now rare) Someone acting as the representative of an organisation, country etc. [from 17th c.]
    • 1932, Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, Folio Society 2010, p. 15:
      Appointed in 1780 to the position of agent-general of the clergy, he determined at once to make the most of the appointment.
  2. Specifically, the representative of a British colony (or, later, of a Canadian province or Australian state) in London or another foreign city. [from 19th c.]