Definition of emissary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛmɪs(ə)ri/

noun (plural emissaries)

A person sent as a diplomatic representative on a special mission.
Example sentences
  • He sent his agents, emissaries to her with fabulous temptations but the virtuous 1ady rebuffed them, one and all.
  • After the marriage date is set, the groom sends out emissaries to personally invite friends and relatives to the wedding.
  • The British sent emissaries here to promote trade.
agent, representative, deputy, factor, proxy, surrogate, liaison, messenger, courier, herald
informal go-between
Roman Catholic Church  nuncio


Early 17th century: from Latin emissarius 'scout, spy', from emittere 'send out' (see emit).

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