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 same newspaper reported that Kim also punished his former top nuclear envoy, Kim Yong Chol, who had not been seen since the end of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February. Fox News, "Kim Jong Un’s sister makes first public appearance since failed US summit," 4 June 2019 The newspaper also reported that Kim Hyok Chol, the counterpart of U.S. envoy Stephen Biegun in pre-summit negotiations, had been executed, although many diplomats and experts expressed caution or outright skepticism about that claim. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Leading North Korean official not purged after all, apparently," 3 June 2019 For the last 18 years, Jolie has worked with the U.N. Refugee Agency, and she was made a special envoy in 2012 after a decade of work as a goodwill ambassador. Vogue, "Is Angelina Jolie’s Next Move Running for Office?," 3 Apr. 2019 Under the tentative schedule, U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer is set to travel to Beijing the week of April 29, the people said, with Chinese envoy Liu He coming to Washington the week of May 6. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "U.S., China Set Tentative Timeline for Next Round of Trade Talks," 17 Apr. 2019 Trump plans to meet in the Oval Office with Kim's envoy, Kim Yong Chol, the White House said. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump to receive letter from Kim Jong Un," 1 June 2018 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

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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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