a representative sent on a mission or errand: emissaries to negotiate a peace.
an agent sent on a mission of a secret nature, as a spy.
Anatomy. sending or coming out, as certain veins that pass through the skull and connect the venous sinuses inside with the veins outside.
pertaining to an emissary.
Archaic. sent forth, as on a mission.
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How to use emissary in a sentence
Like their queen’s emissaries, RNA molecules carry out the instructions for protein assembly, catalyze reactions, and perform other duties, keeping their cellular dominion in good health.The Rise of RNA Therapeutics - Issue 107: The Edge | Lina Zeldovich | September 29, 2021 | Nautilus
They are emissaries of Earth, little metal spores from Earth.After Visiting Pluto, NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Reaches Another Cosmic Milestone | Jeffrey Kluger | April 16, 2021 | Time
He protested Mann’s mission and warned that American policymakers “were exposing their emissary to be treated as a spy.”Mixing diplomacy and spying would be poor strategy for U.S. | Jeff Rogg | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Infused with social media–savvy prose and all the latest tech fads—from cryptocurrency to brain-computer interfaces—the story unfolds through retelling from the alternating points of view of an alien emissary’s closest friends.The best books of 2020, according to Fortune staff | Rachel King | December 6, 2020 | Fortune
Instead, he sent mid-level emissaries to assure the solicitous officials his company would sort things on its own.How Trump’s TikTok ban pushed China’s most independent tech billionaire closer to Beijing | claychandler | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
Hay was the foppish “smiling emissary” whose conversational skills could make petitioners forget they came to see the president.
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.
It came a day before his special emissary on Palestinian affairs, Tzippi Livni, met with John Kerry in Washington.
When the emissary phoned him to say the fee had been refused, he said he had meetings and could not talk.Hosni Mubarak Relatives Divided as Egyptians Take Stands on Historic Presidential Election | Dan Ephron | May 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The consequence was, the disappointed emissary of these double treasons, immediately accused him of his own crimes.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Father Gavazzi, an emissary of the pope to America, caused a riot by his preaching at Montreal.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Here was a spy from "the crowd," an emissary of "the modern."By the Christmas Fire | Samuel McChord Crothers
Napoleon has sent the man on as an emissary, but Delessart will not allow him to speak.The Bronze Eagle | Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
In reply to this Sapazani and his induna put a number of questions to the emissary, as the way of natives is.Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for emissary
an agent or messenger sent on a mission, esp one who represents a government or head of state
(as modifier): an emissary delegation
an agent sent on a secret mission, as a spy
(of veins) draining blood from sinuses in the dura mater to veins outside the skull
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