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[em-uh-ser-ee] /ˈɛm əˌsɛr i/
noun, plural emissaries.
a representative sent on a mission or errand:
emissaries to negotiate a peace.
an agent sent on a mission of a secret nature, as a spy.
Anatomy. sending or coming out, as certain veins that pass through the skull and connect the venous sinuses inside with the veins outside.
pertaining to an emissary.
Archaic. sent forth, as on a mission.
Origin of emissary
1595-1605; < Latin ēmissārius one sent out, equivalent to ēmiss- (see emission) + -ārius -ary
1. delegate, ambassador, envoy, legate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emissary
  • They sent me as an emissary.
  • My career as an emissary began last July.
  • The life of a boy living in a bleak orphanage changes when he meets an emissary from a secret country.
  • In or near the last suture is the mastoid foramen, for the transmission of an emissary vein.
  • They communicate with the underlying cerebral veins, and also with the diploic and emissary veins.
  • She carries herself with strange dignity, as if she were an emissary of a secret order, a messenger from a lost kingdom.
British Dictionary definitions for emissary


/ˈɛmɪsərɪ; -ɪsrɪ/
noun (pl) -saries
  1. an agent or messenger sent on a mission, esp one who represents a government or head of state
  2. (as modifier): an emissary delegation
an agent sent on a secret mission, as a spy
(of veins) draining blood from sinuses in the dura mater to veins outside the skull
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēmissārius emissary, spy, from ēmittere to send out; see emit
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Word Origin and History for emissary

1620s, from French émissaire (17c.) or directly from Latin emissarius, literally "that is sent out," from emissus, past participle of emittere "send forth" (see emit).

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emissary in Medicine

emissary em·is·sar·y (ěm'ĭ-sěr'ē)
Any of various venous channels through the skull that connect the venous sinuses of the dura mater with veins external to the skull.

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