dip·lo·mate Pronunciation: 'dip-l&-"mAt Function: noun: one who holds a diploma; especially : a physician qualified to practice in a medical specialty by advanced training and experience in the specialty followed by passing an intensive examination by a national board of senior specialists
dip·lo·mat ( P ) Pronunciation Key (dpl-mt)n.
One, such as an ambassador, who has been appointed to represent a government in its relations with other governments.
One who uses skill and tact in dealing with others.
One of my pet peeves is when a physician mistakenly calls himself a "diplomat", as in diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. It's "Diplomate." I see this mistake all the time on letterheads and cv's.