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Definitions of envoy

envoy1 (ˈɛnvɔɪ



  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

Derived Forms

ˈenvoyship  noun

Word Origin

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

envoy2 or envoi (ˈɛnvɔɪ )



  1. a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
  2. a postscript in other forms of verse or prose

Word Origin

C14: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy1

Translations for 'envoy'

  • British English: envoy An envoy is someone who is sent as a representative from one government or political group to another. NOUNHe was a presidential envoy on a special mission to Latin America.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: enviado enviada
  • Chinese: 使者
  • European Spanish: enviado enviada
  • French: envoyé envoyée
  • German: Gesandte Gesandter
  • Italian: inviato inviata
  • Japanese: 使節
  • Korean: 외교 사절
  • Portuguese: enviado enviada
  • Spanish: enviado enviada

Example Sentences Including 'envoy'

In the spirit of compromise Rhodry dipped himself a tankard of ale from the open barrel by the hearth and sat down next to the envoy.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War
This was the envoy who had been assigned to rendezvous with him.
Jenkins, Geoffrey A Daystar of Fear
Otho and Mic said nothing, either, merely watched the envoy as if waiting for orders.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War


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