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Definition of envoy

1a : 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

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Examples of envoy in a Sentence

the president sent the secretary of state as his personal envoy to gain the support of the country's allies one of the hostage takers was chosen as the group's envoy for all dealings with the authorities
Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s special envoy, Stephen Biegun, on a visit to South Korea this month urged the North back to the negotiating table. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "Satellite photos show work on North Korean site linked to long-range missiles," 21 Dec. 2019 The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's North Korea envoy, Stephen Biegun, for the No. 2 position at the State Department. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Senate confirms Trump's North Korea envoy and possible Pompeo successor as No. 2 at State," 20 Dec. 2019 The statement echoed concerns laid out by William Taylor, the top U.S. envoy to Ukraine, as well as Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council official in the Trump administration, during their testimony before House impeachment panel. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Trump knew of whistleblower before releasing Ukraine aid," 27 Nov. 2019 Another diplomat, former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, shifted his own account of the July 10 meeting to say Sondland did, in fact, discuss investigations with the visiting Ukrainians. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, "Watch Trump impeachment hearings live: EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland will face tough questioning over Ukraine restaurant call," 20 Nov. 2019 Former envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, Sondland and other officials said in testimony that that view was shaped by Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer. Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Republicans defend Trump as concerned with Ukrainian corruption, but aides tell a different story," 20 Nov. 2019 Johnson attended Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration as part of a delegation that also included Sondland; Kurt Volker, the U.S. envoy for Ukraine; Rick Perry, Trump's energy secretary; and Vindman, of the National Security Council. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In letter to House Republicans, Ron Johnson gives most detailed account yet of his Ukraine involvement," 18 Nov. 2019 In addition, text messages of Taylor’s discussions with Sondland and Kurt Volker, another envoy, lay out the contours of a quid pro quo. Calvin Woodward, The Denver Post, "Fact check: House Trump impeachment inquiry — Day 1," 13 Nov. 2019 Trump’s decision in December 2018 to leave Syria led to the resignation of defense secretary James Mattis and anti-ISIS envoy Brett McGurk. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "America’s Good Intentions in Syria Have Led to This Dismal Outcome," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of envoy

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for envoy

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

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“Envoy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envoy. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of envoy

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


en·​voy | \ ˈen-ˌvȯi How to pronounce envoy (audio) , ˈän- \

Kids Definition of envoy

1 : a representative sent by one government to another

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