Definition of emissary
1 : one designated as the agent of another : representative
2 : a secret agent
Examples of emissary in a sentence
She acted as the president's personal emissary to the union leaders.
most of the industrialized nations of the world sent emissaries to the conference on global warming
Did You Know?
Like missionaries, emissaries are sent on missions. However, emissaries are more likely to be representing governments, political leaders, and nonreligious institutions, and an emissary's mission is usually to negotiate or to gather information. So a president may send a trusted emissary to a war-torn region to discuss peace terms. A company's CEO may send an emissary to check out another company that they may be thinking of buying. And a politician may send out an emissary to persuade a wealthy individual to become a supporter.
Origin and Etymology of emissary
Latin emissarius, from emissus, past participle of emittere
First Known Use: 1607
EMISSARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emissary for English Language Learners
: a person who is sent on a mission to represent another person or organization
EMISSARY Defined for Kids
Definition of emissary for Students
: a person sent on a mission to represent someone else
Legal Definition of emissary
: a representative usually empowered to act more or less independently (as in collecting or conveying information or in negotiating)
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