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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2 [en-voi, ahn-]
a short stanza concluding a poem in certain archaic metrical forms, as a ballade, and serving as a dedication, or a similar postscript to a prose composition.
Also, envoi.

1350–1400; Middle English envoye < Old French, derivative of envoyer to send; see envoy1

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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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Envoy definition

Motorola's integrated personal wireless communicator. Envoy is a personal digital assistant which incorporates two-way wireless and wireline communication. It was announced on 7 March 1994 and released in the third quarter of 1994. It runs Genral Magic's Magic Cap operating system and Telescript(TM) communications language on Motorola's Dragon chip set. This includes the highly integrated Motorola 68349 processor and a special purpose application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) referred to as Astro. This chip set was designed specifically for Magic Cap and Telescript.
A user can write on the Envoy communicator with the accompanying stylus or a finger, to type and select or move objects on its screen. An on-screen keyboard can be used to input information, draw or write personal notations, or send handwritten messages and faxes.
Envoy can send a wireless message to another Envoy, PC or fax; broadcast a message to a group, with each member of that group receiving the message in their preferred format; gather information based on your requirements; schedule a meeting and automatically invite attendees; screen, route and organise messages; send a business card to another Envoy across a conference room table; access real-time scheduling and pricing information for US airline flights, then order tickets via fax or electronic mail; keep track of contacts through an address book; receive daily news summaries and stock information; capture, organize and review business and personal expenses on-the-go; gather, edit and analyze information in spreadsheets and graphs compatible with Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel; shop in an electronic mall.
[Was it released in Q3 '94?]
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Example sentences
The king's envoy is said to have carried the message in the sole of his shoe.
There were, said this sneering envoy, no broad-based people in his party's ranks.
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