WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
en•voy1 /ˈɛnvɔɪ, ˈɑn-/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. Governmenta diplomatic representative ranking next below an ambassador.
  2. Governmentan official messenger or representative.


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envoy /ˈɛnvɔɪ/ n

  1. Formal name: envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary a diplomat of the second class, ranking between an ambassador and a minister resident
  2. an accredited messenger, agent, or representative
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 road

ˈenvoyship n
envoy, envoi /ˈɛnvɔɪ/ n
  1. a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
  2. a postscript in other forms of verse or prose
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy1



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