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
Recent Examples of emissary from the Web
In further negotiations, will the United States send emissaries who actively try to prevent agreement, spoiling others’ efforts to ameliorate climate change?
The money is then given to the kohen, God's emissary.
Kroenke is largely absent from London, and his emissary Ivan Gazidis, the team’s chief executive, has ceded considerable ground to Wenger over his plan for a thorough overhaul of how the club works this summer.
The relationship between the Missouri Senate’s leader and an emissary for one of the state’s most prolific political donors is raising eyebrows in the statehouse.
This wasn't the first time that emissaries of the two companies met each other.
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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: 1607See Words from the same year
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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