noun em·is·sary \ˈe-mə-ˌser-ē, -ˌse-rē\

: a person who is sent on a mission to represent another person or organization

plural em·is·sar·ies

Full Definition of EMISSARY

:  one designated as the agent of another :  representative
:  a secret agent

Examples of EMISSARY

  1. She acted as the president's personal emissary to the union leaders.
  2. <most of the industrialized nations of the world sent emissaries to the conference on global warming>

Origin of EMISSARY

Latin emissarius, from emissus, past participle of emittere
First Known Use: 1607

Rhymes with EMISSARY

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EMISSARIES Defined for Kids


noun em·is·sary \ˈe-mə-ˌser-ē\
plural em·is·sar·ies

Definition of EMISSARY for Kids

:  a person sent on a mission to represent someone else


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