envoy

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noun en·voy \ˈen-ˌvȯi, ˈän-\

Definition of envoy

  1. 1 a :  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

  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>

Origin and Etymology of envoy

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


First Known Use: 1635

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ENVOY Defined for English Language Learners

envoy

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noun en·voy \ˈen-ˌvȯi, ˈän-\

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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