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



BrE BrE//ˈenvɔɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈenvɔɪ//
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a person who represents a government or an organization and is sent as a representative to talk to other governments and organizations synonym emissary The President has suggested sending a US peace envoy to the Middle East. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French envoyé, past participle of envoyer ‘send’, from en voie ‘on the way’, based on Latin via ‘way’.Extra examples He served as envoy to the French government. The government has not yet appointed an envoy to the area. a special envoy from the American president A UN peace envoy is to be sent to the region as the warring parties hold ceasefire talks.
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