- a diplomatic agent.
- any accredited messenger or representative.
- Also called envoy extraordinary, minister plenipotentiary. a diplomatic agent of the second rank, next in status after an ambassador.
Origin of envoy1
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- a short stanza concluding a poem in certain archaic metrical forms, as a ballade, and serving as a dedication, or a similar postscript to a prose composition.
Origin of envoy2
Examples from the Web for envoy
Egypt expelled the Turkish ambassador last year, prompting Ankara to declare the Egyptian envoy in Turkey persona non grata.Turkey Takes in ‘Terrorists’ from the Muslim Brotherhood
September 19, 2014
A Russian envoy reportedly played a role persuading the rebels in Slovyansk to let them go.Carnage in Ukraine: Dozens of Pro-Russia Activists Die in Odessa
May 3, 2014
And, oh, by the way, they only speak to the dealer, United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, not to each other.The Penny-Ante Syria Talks
January 27, 2014
Former Senator and U.S. Envoy George Mitchell joins other top Washington players to deconstruct the shutdown crisis.The Hero Summit Agenda 2013
September 20, 2013
Since then, Ford has served as the envoy in exile to the fractious Syrian opposition.Robert Ford: Troubleshooter
August 6, 2013
This will be confirmed by your official attendant, who will be an Envoy's Courier.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Ahead of him Cesare sent an envoy to Bentivogli, to demand its surrender.The Life of Cesare Borgia
This envoy arrived within three days and delivered his message.Hellenica
There was no minister, no envoy to appeal to, and nothing left but to comply.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
How is this difficulty about the new Greek envoy to the Porte to end?Lord Kilgobbin
- Formal name: envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary a diplomat of the second class, ranking between an ambassador and a minister resident
- an accredited messenger, agent, or representative
- a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
- a postscript in other forms of verse or prose
Word Origin and History for envoy
"messenger," 1660s, from French envoyé "messenger," literally "one sent" (12c.), noun use of past participle of envoyer "send," from Vulgar Latin *inviare "send on one's way," from Latin in "on" (see in- (2)) + via "road" (see via (adv.)). The same French word was borrowed in Middle English to mean "a stanza of a poem sending it off to find readers" (late 14c.).