noun \ˈen-ˌvi, ˈän-\

: a person who is sent by one government to represent it in dealing with another government

Full Definition of ENVOY

a :  a minister plenipotentiary accredited to a foreign government who ranks between an ambassador and a minister resident —called also envoy extraordinary
b :  a person delegated to represent one government in its dealings with another

Examples of ENVOY

  1. <the president sent the secretary of state as his personal envoy to gain the support of the country's allies>
  2. <one of the hostage takers was chosen as the group's envoy for all dealings with the authorities>

Origin of ENVOY

French envoyé, from past participle of envoyer to send, from Old French enveier
First Known Use: 1635

Other Foreign Functionary Terms

count, despot, emir, wardrobe, yeoman


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