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Definition of "envoy" []

  • A representative of a government who is sent on a special diplomatic mission. (noun)
  • A minister plenipotentiary assigned to a foreign embassy, ranking next below the ambassador. (noun)
  • A messenger; an agent. (noun)
  • A short closing stanza in certain verse forms, such as the ballade or sestina, dedicating the poem to a patron or summarizing its main ideas. (noun)
  • The concluding portion of a prose work or a play. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "envoy" in a sentence
  • "As rebels challenging pro-Qaddafi forces struggled to regroup around the oil port of Brega, and the roar of allied warplanes was heard again over the capital, residents reacted in shock at the defection of Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, a close ally of Colonel Qaddafi's since the early days of the revolution, who once earned the nickname "envoy of death" for his role in the assassinations of earlier Libyan defectors."
  • "He was missing for 6 years when HM Stanley, an envoy from the New York Herald newspaper found him on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and uttered his famous greeting."
  • "Meanwhile, up came an envoy from the approaching host, making for the city."