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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 Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Biden's global envoy for climate change, spoke to the task force about the upcoming international negotiations in which the United States, which once again is part of the Paris Agreement, will take part. Lisa Friedman New York Times, Star Tribune, "Task force launches government into climate fight," 11 Feb. 2021 Harris, who served as the junior senator from California before becoming vice president, is expected to be a constant presence in the upper chamber as president of the Senate and envoy to the White House. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "The Kamala Harris-Joe Manchin dust-up explained - and why it matters to the Biden administration," 3 Feb. 2021 After leaving the World Bank in 2005, Wolfensohn was appointed U.S. special envoy to mediate the Israeli disengagement from Gaza. David Henry, Bloomberg.com, "James Wolfensohn, Who Served as World Bank President, Dies at 86," 25 Nov. 2020 John Kerry was named special envoy for climate on the National Security Council, and Jake Sullivan was tapped to be national security advisor. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Biden stocks his Cabinet with old favorites," 25 Nov. 2020 Mark Carney, United Nations special envoy for climate action and finance, has joined Brookfield Asset Management as vice chair and head of ESG (environmental, social, governance) and impact fund investing. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Dow 30,000, Yellen 2021 (Warnings Apply)," 24 Nov. 2020 John Kerry, special presidential envoy for climate — The former senator, secretary of state, and presidential candidate is probably the best known of the group. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon kicks transition into high gear as Biden rolls out national security team — with one notable omission," 24 Nov. 2020 United States diplomats, including the ambassador to the European Union and the special envoy to Ukraine, were pressed into service to aid in the effort. New York Times, "Can America Restore the Rule of Law Without Prosecuting Trump?," 18 Nov. 2020 The call comes as the U.S. peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, is touring the region in efforts to advance the deal. Washington Post, "Pompeo calls Taliban leader amid Russian bounty scandal," 30 June 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envoy. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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
2 : messenger

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