Definitions

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

  • adj. Exploring; spying.
  • adj. Applied to the veins which pass out of the cranium through apertures in its walls.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • When Frank Merriam arrived at room 622 of the Ambassador Hotel for his audience with J.F.T. O'Connor, the emissary from the White House, the possibility that President Roosevelt might actually express support for his candidacy, once so farfetched it was laughable, now seemed within reach.

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  • In his latest, he remembers Audrey Hepburn 14 years after her death: "In the 40 years between Hollywood's make-believe headlines and the horrifying reality of Somalia, Hepburn as actress and woman seemed an emissary from a finer world than ours."

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  • I†™ m an emissary from a highly technological civilization and I†™ ve been sent to talk to the Leaf People.

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  • That spring, an emissary from the English came to Kahnawake.

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  • But he wasn't one to press too hard, so he had no worries as he drove the several miles from his office to the Tashreeya area of Baghdad, near the old Cabinet Building, where an emissary from the President met him and instructed him to leave his car.

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  • W.T. took his hat off and bowed to her with as much ceremony as if she had been an old-time marquise and he an emissary from the English Court.

    The White Cottage Mystery

  • MR. JOHN C.M. MACBETH: Gentlemen of The Empire Club: We are happy to welcome today an emissary from the office of the British High Commissioner at Ottawa, who is going to address us on the subject "Dunkirk to Dieppe and Beyond."

    Dunkirk to Dieppe and Beyond

  • The shade of the tendrilled creeper steals into a room and lies along the floor, an emissary from the plant outside that peers in but cannot enter.

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  • He had posed as an emissary from the Dutch brethren, son of an exiled

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  • We were received by the Duc de Levis and the Comtesse de Chavannes; there was also a Prince Somebody, and an emissary from the Pope waiting for an audience.

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