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envoy1

[en-voi, ahn-] /ˈɛn vɔɪ, ˈɑn-/
noun
1.
a diplomatic agent.
2.
any accredited messenger or representative.
3.
Also called envoy extraordinary, minister plenipotentiary. a diplomatic agent of the second rank, next in status after an ambassador.
Origin
1635-1645
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
Synonyms
1, 2. delegate, emissary, deputy.

envoy2

[en-voi, ahn-] /ˈɛn vɔɪ, ˈɑn-/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English envoye < Old French, derivative of envoyer to send; see envoy1
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  • No high level envoys were sent to ward off the crisis or to mediate, and no multilateral diplomatic initiative was launched.
  • The envoys' reception was so offhand that they decided to cut their trip short and returned home in a huff.
  • The reader is not invited to mock or despise these envoys of the state.
British Dictionary definitions for envoys

envoy1

/ˈɛnvɔɪ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
envoyship, noun
Word Origin
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

envoy2

/ˈɛnvɔɪ/
noun
1.
a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
2.
a postscript in other forms of verse or prose
Word Origin
C14: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy1
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Word Origin and History for envoys

envoy

n.

"messenger," 1660s, from French envoyé "messenger," literally "one sent" (12c.), noun use of past participle of envoyer "send," from Vulgar Latin *inviare "send on one's way," from Latin in "on" (see in- (2)) + via "road" (see via (adv.)). The same French word was borrowed in Middle English to mean "a stanza of a poem sending it off to find readers" (late 14c.).

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