emissary

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

Definition of emissary

plural emissaries
1 :one designated as the agent of another :representative
2 :a secret agent

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Examples of emissary in a Sentence

  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

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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


EMISSARY Defined for English Language Learners

emissary

noun

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

emissary

noun em·is·sary \ ˈe-mə-ˌser-ē \

Definition of emissary for Students

plural emissaries
:a person sent on a mission to represent someone else

Law Dictionary

emissary

noun em·is·sary \ ˈe-mə-ˌser-ē \

legal Definition of emissary

plural emissaries
:a representative usually empowered to act more or less independently (as in collecting or conveying information or in negotiating)


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