envoy extra-ordinary


1 [en-voi, ahn-]
a diplomatic agent.
any accredited messenger or representative.
Also called envoy extraordinary, minister plenipotentiary. a diplomatic agent of the second rank, next in status after an ambassador.

1635–45; < French envoyé envoy, noun use of past participle of envoyer to send < Vulgar Latin *inviāre, presumably orig. to be on a journey, verbal derivative of Latin in viā on one's way, en route

1, 2. delegate, emissary, deputy.
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envoy1 (ˈɛnvɔɪ)
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
[C17: from French envoyé, literally: sent, from envoyer to send, from Vulgar Latin inviāre (unattested) to send on a journey, from in-² + via road]

envoy or envoi2 (ˈɛnvɔɪ)
1.  a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
2.  a postscript in other forms of verse or prose
[C14: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy1]
envoi or envoi2
[C14: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1660, from Fr. envoyé "messenger," lit. "one sent," n. use of pp. of envoyer "send," from V.L. *inviare "send on one's way," from L. in "on" + via "road." The same word was borrowed in M.E. to mean "a stanza of a poem sending it off to find readers" (late 14c.).
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