noun, plural em·is·sar·ies.
Origin of emissary
Examples from the Web for emissary
The FBI has described Mostafa as an emissary for Zawahiri in Somalia.
Jamal tried to visit the al Qaeda master in Pakistan, he writes, but had to send an emissary instead.
When the emissary phoned him to say the fee had been refused, he said he had meetings and could not talk.
Through an emissary, he asked to be paid $3,000 for the interview.
At 22, the Brooklyn-based Lubavitchers sent him as a kind of emissary to Oxford.Shmuley Boteach: Michael Jackson’s Rabbi Is Running for Congress|Michael Daly|March 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is quite true that he was approached by an emissary of Napoleon during April.Talleyrand|Joseph McCabe
But her emissary was obliged to return unsuccessful, and had his feet and hands cut off for his pains.The Story of Rouen|Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
We knew them both; it was the fairy of Care, and the emissary of Fortune.Andersen's Fairy Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
Hodges is examined on suspicion of being an emissary from the British, sent to stir up the Indian tribes against the Americans.
Surely no one would have taken him to be an emissary of the Metropolitan Police.The Count's Chauffeur|William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for emissary
noun plural -saries
- an agent or messenger sent on a mission, esp one who represents a government or head of state
- (as modifier)an emissary delegation
Word Origin for emissary
Word Origin and History for emissary
1620s, from French émissaire (17c.) or directly from Latin emissarius, literally "that is sent out," from emissus, past participle of emittere "send forth" (see emit).