from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A representative of a government who is sent on a special diplomatic mission.
  • n. A minister plenipotentiary assigned to a foreign embassy, ranking next below the ambassador.
  • n. A messenger; an agent.
  • n. A short closing stanza in certain verse forms, such as the ballade or sestina, dedicating the poem to a patron or summarizing its main ideas.
  • n. The concluding portion of a prose work or a play.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. representative
  • n. diplomat
  • n. messenger
  • n. a short stanza at the end of a poem

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One dispatched upon an errand or mission; a messenger; esp., a person deputed by a sovereign or a government to negotiate a treaty, or transact other business, with a foreign sovereign or government; a minister accredited to a foreign government. An envoy's rank is below that of an ambassador.
  • n. An explanatory or commendatory postscript to a poem, essay, or book; -- also in the French from, l'envoi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To send.
  • n. Formerly, and sometimes still archaically, a postscript to a composition, particularly a ballade or other sentimental poem, to enforce or recommend it.
  • n. Figuratively, termination; end.
  • n. One despatched upon an errand or a mission; a messenger; specifically, a person deputed by a ruler or government to negotiate a treaty, or transact other business, with a foreign ruler or government.
  • n. Synonyms See ambassador, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a diplomat having less authority than an ambassador
  • n. a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry
  • n. someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else


French envoyé, messenger, from past participle of envoyer, to send, from Old French envoier, from Late Latin inviāre, to be on the way : Latin in-, in, on; see en-1 + Latin via, way; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English envoie, from Old French, a sending away, conclusion, from envoier, to send; see envoy1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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