- The definition of an envoy is a messenger on a mission, especially when sent on behalf of someone else or when sent on a diplomatic mission.
A diplomat sent to a foreign country to try to make peace is an example of an envoy.
A diplomat is a governments official envoy.
envoy definition by Webster's New World
- a messenger; agent
- an agent sent by a government or ruler to transact diplomatic business; specif., a diplomat () ranking just below an ambassador
Origin: French envoyé ; from past participle of envoyer, to send ; from Old French envoier ; from en- (L in), in plush voie (L via: see via), way
Origin: Middle English envoye ; from Old French envoy, literally , a sending ; from envoier: see envoy
envoy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A representative of a government who is sent on a special diplomatic mission.
- A minister plenipotentiary assigned to a foreign embassy, ranking next below the ambassador.
- A messenger; an agent.
Origin: French envoyé, messenger, from past participle of envoyer, to send, from Old French envoier, from Late Latin inviāre, to be on the way : Latin in-, in, on; see en-1 + Latin via, way; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- The concluding portion of a prose work or a play.
Origin: Middle English envoie, from Old French, a sending away, conclusion, from envoier, to send; see envoy1.