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

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 United Nations envoy Deborah Lyons extended deepest sympathies to victims' families and wished for a speedy recovery for the wounded, in the same tweet. Somayeh Malekian, ABC News, 19 Apr. 2022 The envoy expressed hope regarding the more than seven-year war in the Arab world’s poorest country. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Yemen's warring sides agree to nationwide truce for the first time in years Yemen's warring sides have agreed to a nationwide truce for the first time in the country's seven-year conflict, the UN envoy said late last week. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 In the two years since Frerichs was abducted, Taliban officials have proposed a Noorzai swap to several American officials, including the former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the former envoy Khalilzad. Michael Ames, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2022 But the Arab states and others in the region share a concern about U.S. priorities regarding Tehran, said James Jeffrey, a former U.S. ambassador who served as the Trump administration’s envoy to defeat the Islamic State. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 The only top Russian official to leave the country over the war so far is Anatoly Chubais, Putin’s sustainable development envoy. Paul Sonne And Robyn Dixon, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2022 Russian climate envoy Anatoly Chubais resigned from his post out of opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the situation. Harold Maass, The Week, 24 Mar. 2022 The matter is of considerable interest in Washington, not least because the IRGC is believed to be behind specific and credible threats to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump administration's Iran envoy Brian Hook. Matthew Lee, ajc, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for envoy


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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