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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Later appointments to Ambassador of the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, and Director of Central Intelligence solidified Bush as a formidable political figure. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "George H.W. Bush Has Died at Age 94," 1 Dec. 2018 Juan, Kerry met in Paris with enemy envoys, what in 1970. Fox News, "Kavanaugh to speak to Senate Judiciary Committee staffers," 18 Sep. 2018 Yet the past 12 months have seen a remarkable change in atmosphere between the adversaries that has surprised even the former U.S. envoy on North Korea. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN," 22 Sep. 2018 After scrapping the summit on May 24, Trump reinstated it last week after a letter from Kim was hand-delivered to the President at the White House by the North Korean leader's top envoy. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Giuliani: Kim Jong Un 'begged' for summit to be rescheduled," 6 June 2018 The State Department said Thursday that Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, was departing on another round of talks with officials in the region, his second in as many months. James Marson, WSJ, "Russia Hosts Afghanistan Peace Talks," 9 Nov. 2018 As the fighting escalated, the United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, landed in Sana in an effort to broker a cease-fire. New York Times, "Battles Rage Around International Airport in Strategic Yemeni City," 16 June 2018 When the Chinese president sent a special envoy to North Korea, Mr Kim refused to meet him. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un visits China," 28 Mar. 2018 Diplomats have been working toward new peace talks this month, but their plans faltered Thursday after the United Nations said its special envoy would instead convene talks by the end of the year. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Intensified Yemen Attacks Complicate U.S. Peace Plans," 9 Nov. 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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