en·​voy | \ˈen-ˌvȯi, ˈän- \

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

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Abdullah last week met in Amman with Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, and Jason Greenblatt, the special envoy for the Mideast. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "King Abdullah II of Jordan faces economic woes and other issues as he promotes 'peace-affirming Islam'," 27 June 2018 Meanwhile, the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, left Sanaa after three days of talks with rebel leaders. Time, "The Battle for Control of a Key Port City in Yemen Intensifies," 20 June 2018 Meanwhile, United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths left the capital Sanaa after three days of talks with rebel leaders. Ahmed Al-haj, Fox News, "Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport," 19 June 2018 Previous discussions between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese economic envoy Liu He didn’t come close to resolving the dispute. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S. Unveils Additional Tariffs on $200 Billion More in Chinese Imports," 10 July 2018 White House trade advisor Peter Navarro has been excluded from talks Thursday with China's top economic envoy aimed at defusing a brewing trade war with the United States, two administration officials said. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "White House trade advisor Navarro said to be excluded from China talks due to Mnuchin rift," 16 May 2018 His next gig The UN secretary-general, António Guterres, appointed Michael Bloomberg as his special envoy on climate change. The Economist, "Politics this week," 8 Mar. 2018 United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths, meanwhile, arrived in Sanaa in an effort to broker a cease-fire. NBC News, "Saudi-led forces seize airport in Yemen port city of Hodeida," 16 June 2018 Up until Monday evening, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui and U.S. envoy Sung Kim continued last-minute working-level negotiations on a possible agreement for Trump and Kim to present as tangible results from their summit. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "Trump becomes first U.S. president to meet a North Korean head of state; 'major change' coming," 12 June 2018

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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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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, ˈän-\

Kids Definition of envoy

1 : a representative sent by one government to another

2 : messenger

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