envoy

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noun en·voy \ˈen-ˌvȯi, ˈän-\

Definition of envoy

  1. 1a :  a minister plenipotentiary accredited to a foreign government who ranks between an ambassador and a minister resident —called also envoy extraordinaryb :  a person delegated to represent one government in its dealings with another

  2. 2 :  messenger, representative

Examples of envoy in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of envoy

French envoyé, from past participle of envoyer to send, from Old French enveier

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ENVOY Defined for English Language Learners

envoy

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Definition of envoy for English Language Learners

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


ENVOY Defined for Kids

envoy

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noun en·voy \ˈen-ˌvȯi, ˈän-\

Definition of envoy for Students

  1. 1 :  a representative sent by one government to another

  2. 2 :  messenger



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