Definition of envoy in English:

envoy

Syllabification: en·voy
Pronunciation: /ˈenˌvoi, ˈänˌvoi
 
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noun

  • 1A messenger or representative, especially one on a diplomatic mission.
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    • In Ancient Egypt, the Pharaoh's messengers and diplomatic envoys carried with them the seal of the Pharaoh, production of which guaranteed the carrier free and unhindered passage throughout the region.
    • Notably, the document signaled that the new administration would eschew the use of special diplomatic envoys.
    • Such people, he deduced, were not socialists at all but ruthless envoys of a ‘mean state capitalism with the grab motive left intact’.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French envoyé, past participle of envoyer 'send', from en voie 'on the way', based on Latin via 'way'.

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