from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An agent sent on a mission to represent or advance the interests of another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An agent sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else.
- n. A venous channel in the skull.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An agent employed to advance, in a covert manner, the interests of his employers; one sent out by any power that is at war with another, to create dissatisfaction among the people of the latter.
- adj. Exploring; spying.
- adj. Applied to the veins which pass out of the cranium through apertures in its walls.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Emitting; sending out; furnishing an outlet.
- Of or pertaining to one sent on a mission; exploring; spying.
- n. A person sent on a mission, particularly a private mission or business; an agent employed for the promotion of a cause or of his employer's interests: now commonly used in a bad or contemptuous sense, and usually implying some degree of secrecy or chicanery.
- n. An outlet for water; a channel by which water is drawn from a lake: as the emissary of the Alban lake.
- n. In anatomy, that which emits or sends out; a vessel through which excretion takes place; an excretory or emunctory: chiefly used in the plural. Also emissarium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
Latin ēmissārius, from ēmissus, past participle of ēmittere, to send out; see emit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin emissarius ("agent, scout, spy") directly or via French émissaire (Wiktionary)