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

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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The pope has declined to respond to the envoy’s accusations but has made apparent allusions to them on a number of occasions. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Urges Priests Guilty of Abuse to Turn Themselves In," 21 Dec. 2018 And if all else failed, Iowa Republicans appeared to believe, there was their trump card on Team Trump: good old Iowa-governor-for-life Terry Branstad, the president’s envoy in Beijing. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Trade War Is a Big Problem for Republicans in Politically Pivotal Iowa," 6 July 2018 Germany should brace for U.S. sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russia, signaling an escalation of economic conflict with Europe, according to an envoy of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. Patrick Donahue, Bloomberg.com, "German Envoy Sees U.S. Sanctions Likely Over Russia Pipeline," 18 May 2018 Leader Kim Jong Un this week told a senior South Korean envoy that he was committed to denuclearization and eliminating the danger of war. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "North Korea Plans to Flaunt Firepower in Military Parade as U.S. Talks Stall," 7 Sep. 2018 The South Korean envoy had told Trump that Kim Jong Un wanted to meet him as soon as possible. Brian Bennett, Time, "This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like," 14 June 2018 Perched on a gold brocade couch in the Oval Office, Trump dispatched a top South Korean envoy to a darkened White House driveway to make the announcement. Kevin Liptak And Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "From grin to grim: Inside the Trump-Kim summit collapse," 24 May 2018 The offer was passed on by South Korean envoys and has yet to be publicly confirmed by the North. The Economist, "If Donald Trump does meet Kim Jong Un, a lot could go wrong," 15 Mar. 2018 This year's Foal Eagle and a concurrent exercise called Key Resolve will overlap with a third round of talks between South Korean envoys and North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Courtney Kube, NBC News, "U.S., South Korea plan massive joint military exercise to start end of March," 6 Mar. 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 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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