envoy

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[ en-voi, ahn- ]
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noun
  1. a diplomatic agent.

  2. any accredited messenger or representative.

  1. Also called en·voy ex·tra·or·di·nar·y [en-voi ik-strawr-dn-er-ee, ek-struh-awr-, ahn-voi], /ˈɛn vɔɪ ɪkˈstrɔr dnˌɛr i, ˌɛk strəˈɔr-, ˈɑn vɔɪ/, minister plenipotentiary . a diplomatic agent of the second rank, next in status after an ambassador.

Origin of envoy

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1635–45; <French envoyé envoy, noun use of past participle of envoyer to send <Vulgar Latin *inviāre, presumably originally to be on a journey, verbal derivative of Latin in viā on one's way, en route

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envoy2

or en·voi

[ en-voi, ahn- ]

noun
  1. 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 envoy

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1350–1400; Middle English envoye<Old French, derivative of envoyer to send; see envoy1

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British Dictionary definitions for envoy (1 of 2)

envoy1

/ (ˈɛnvɔɪ) /


noun
  1. Formal name: envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary a diplomat of the second class, ranking between an ambassador and a minister resident

  2. an accredited messenger, agent, or representative

Origin of envoy

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C17: from French envoyé, literally: sent, from envoyer to send, from Vulgar Latin inviāre (unattested) to send on a journey, from in- ² + via road

Derived forms of envoy

  • envoyship, noun

British Dictionary definitions for envoy (2 of 2)

envoy2

envoi

/ (ˈɛnvɔɪ) /


noun
  1. a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades

  2. a postscript in other forms of verse or prose

Origin of envoy

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C14: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy 1

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