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en•voy1 /ˈɛnvɔɪ, ˈɑn-/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- Governmenta diplomatic representative ranking next below an ambassador.
- Governmentan official messenger or representative.
(en′voi, än′-), n.
- Governmenta diplomatic agent.
- Governmentany accredited messenger or representative.
- GovernmentAlso called en′voy extraor′dinary, minister plenipotentiary. a diplomatic agent of the second rank, next in status after an ambassador.
1, 2 . delegate, emissary, deputy.
(en′voi, än′-), n.
- Vulgar Latin *inviāre, presumably origin, originally to be on a journey, verb, verbal derivative of Latin in viā on one's way, en route
- French envoyé envoy, noun, nominal use of past participle of envoyer to send
Literature, Poetrya short stanza concluding a poem in certain archaic metrical forms, as a ballade, and serving as a dedication, or a similar postscript to a prose composition.
- Old French, derivative of envoyer to send; see envoy1
- Middle English envoye 1350–1400
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envoy /ˈɛnvɔɪ/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from French envoyé, literally: sent, from envoyer to send, from Vulgar Latin inviāre (unattested) to send on a journey, from in-² + via roadˈenvoyship n
Formal name: envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary a diplomat of the second class, ranking between an ambassador and a minister resident
- an accredited messenger, agent, or representative
envoy, envoi /ˈɛnvɔɪ/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy1
- a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
- a postscript in other forms of verse or prose
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