- 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.
Origin of emissary
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Related Wordsmessenger, go-between, envoy, intermediary, spy, bearer, courier, ambassador, rep, agent, herald, scout, representative, carrier, front, legate, consul, delegate, internuncio
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
March 16, 2012
Or—harking back to her original theory—that he was an emissary from Scotland Yard?The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
I am no more than the emissary of Her Majesty—it is to her that your thanks are due.St. Martin's Summer
Fearlessly this emissary of love penetrates the realms of despair.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
Could he be an emissary from some one whom the old forger had reason to evade?The Crevice
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
The emissary and compadre of Hernandez spurred his horse close up.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
- 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
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).
- Any of various venous channels through the skull that connect the venous sinuses of the dura mater with veins external to the skull.