Definition of emissary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈemɪsəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈemɪseri//
(pl. emissaries) (formal)
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a person who is sent to deliver an official message, especially from one country to another, or to perform a special task synonym envoy the King’s special emissary Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin emissarius ‘scout, spy’, from emittere ‘send out’, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + mittere ‘send’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: emissary