from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A representative of a government who is sent on a special diplomatic mission.
- n. A minister plenipotentiary assigned to a foreign embassy, ranking next below the ambassador.
- n. A messenger; an agent.
- n. A short closing stanza in certain verse forms, such as the ballade or sestina, dedicating the poem to a patron or summarizing its main ideas.
- n. The concluding portion of a prose work or a play.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. representative
- n. diplomat
- n. messenger
- n. a short stanza at the end of a poem
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One dispatched upon an errand or mission; a messenger; esp., a person deputed by a sovereign or a government to negotiate a treaty, or transact other business, with a foreign sovereign or government; a minister accredited to a foreign government. An envoy's rank is below that of an ambassador.
- n. An explanatory or commendatory postscript to a poem, essay, or book; -- also in the French from, l'envoi.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To send.
- n. Formerly, and sometimes still archaically, a postscript to a composition, particularly a ballade or other sentimental poem, to enforce or recommend it.
- n. Figuratively, termination; end.
- n. One despatched upon an errand or a mission; a messenger; specifically, a person deputed by a ruler or government to negotiate a treaty, or transact other business, with a foreign ruler or government.
- n. Synonyms See ambassador, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a diplomat having less authority than an ambassador
- n. a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry
- n. someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
As rebels challenging pro-Qaddafi forces struggled to regroup around the oil port of Brega, and the roar of allied warplanes was heard again over the capital, residents reacted in shock at the defection of Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, a close ally of Colonel Qaddafi's since the early days of the revolution, who once earned the nickname "envoy of death" for his role in the assassinations of earlier Libyan defectors.
He was missing for 6 years when HM Stanley, an envoy from the New York Herald newspaper found him on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and uttered his famous greeting.
Meanwhile, up came an envoy from the approaching host, making for the city.
He replied, “I am a messenger and an envoy from the lord of the city to your chief.”
When the guards saw him, they knew him for an envoy from the King of the city; so they took him and brought him before their Sultan.
But within a few days there came an envoy from the King of the Franks, to seek the captives and the prisoners, according to the treaty between the Kings.
Incidentally, the U.N. envoy is Thai university professor Vitit Muntarbhorn.
Anson Burlingame, who had been an envoy from the Chinese Emperor; Sir Samuel Baker, of London;
The incident of sending a present of clothing is curiously like the tale about a certain English envoy, whose proprieties were sadly ruffled in the Nair country, when a lady sent him a grand shawl with an intimation of her choice.
The envoy is in civil dress, and leans upon his staff of command.
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