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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
Recent Examples on the Web His grandfather was an attorney who served in the Missouri House of Representatives and as an envoy to India during the Eisenhower Administration. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "In Honoring Rush Limbaugh, Trump Celebrated Racial Division," 6 Feb. 2020 Engel said that Bolton in a Sept. 23 phone call recommended that his committee look into the recall of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who had served as the top U.S. envoy to Ukraine before her abrupt recall last April. Washington Post, "GOP squirms as Bolton prepares to dish on Trump White House," 29 Jan. 2020 Grenell was appointed by Trump in October as the special envoy to talks to normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Time, "Trump Envoy Hails Deal to Resume Serbia-Kosovo Railway Service," 25 Jan. 2020 As envoy to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Shelton has missed nearly half of the organization's board meetings. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Trump nominates both a critic and an insider to Federal Reserve Board seats," 17 Jan. 2020 When his appointment was announced, many South Koreans considered it a slight to their national pride for President Trump to have chosen a Japanese American as the top US envoy to their country. Choe Sang-hun, BostonGlobe.com, "US envoy’s Mustache Finds Few Fans in South Korea," 16 Jan. 2020 James Dobbins, a former senior U.S. diplomat who served as a special envoy to Afghanistan under Bush and Obama, told government interviewers. Craig Whitlock, chicagotribune.com, "Confidential documents reveal U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan," 9 Dec. 2019 Jimmy Carter used Coca-Cola chief J. Paul Austin as a back-channel envoy to Cuba. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Where Are the High Crimes and Misdemeanors?," 31 Oct. 2019 For months, Sondland’s deep involvement in issues related to Ukraine struck diplomats in Brussels and Washington as highly unusual, given his role as envoy to the European Union, a large trade bloc that does not include Ukraine. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Gordon Sondland to testify that ‘no quid pro quo’ came from Trump," 13 Oct. 2019

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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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=envoi001. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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

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