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Definition a representative sent on a mission — often representing a government

Much more rarely, envoy can reference a specific level of minister in the UK or a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry.
  • The State Department's new envoy to North Korea has a good understanding of the region.
envoy = representative sent on a mission
  • Iran's top envoy to the United Nations nuclear agency dismissed the accusation.
  • envoy = representative sent on a mission
  • The envoy asked for an extension of the peace talks.
  • envoy = representative sent on a mission
  • The Greeks take up their dead and send envoys to the Trojans demanding the surrender of Helen and the treasure with her.
    Homer  --  Collection Of Hesiod, Homer and Homerica
  • Ulysses once came here as envoy about yourself, and Menelaus with him.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • ...the usher announced, in a sonorous voice, "Messieurs the Envoys of Monsieur the Duke of Austria."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • envoys = representatives sent on a mission
  • While I was lying in that bed waiting to take my first steps in a new world, Gordon Brown, the UN special envoy for education and former prime minister of Britain, had launched a petition under the slogan "I am Malala" to demand no child be denied a school by 2015.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • envoy = representative sent on a mission
  • An envoy of the Duke of Buckingham, named Montague, was taken, and proof was obtained of a league between the German Empire, Spain, England, and Lorraine.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • envoy = representative sent on a mission
  •   "So you come as Zeus' spy then?"
      "I prefer the word envoy."
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • envoy = representative sent on a mission
  • Coming upon the suitcases of the German envoy, POWs shredded the clothes, soaked them in mud and oil, and repacked them with friendly notes signed "Winston Churchill."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • envoy = representative sent on a mission
  • People just turned up wanting to see me—government ministers, diplomats, politicians, even an envoy from the archbishop of Canterbury.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • envoy = representative sent on a mission
  • All eyes turned to the estrade reserved for the Flemish envoys.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • envoys = representatives sent on a mission
  • While we were there we heard that Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the American envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, was holding a meeting in the Serena Hotel about the conflict, and my father and I managed to get inside.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • envoy = representative sent on a mission
  • At some distance behind them, two men dressed in garments of Flemish style were conversing, who were not sufficiently lost in the shadow to prevent any one who had been present at the performance of Gringoire's mystery from recognizing in them two of the principal Flemish envoys, Guillaume Rym, the sagacious pensioner of Ghent, and Jacques Coppenole, the popular hosier.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • envoys = representatives sent on a mission
  • This hope was speedily dispelled like his other illusions; silence had indeed, been restored in the audience, after a fashion; but Gringoire had not observed that at the moment when the cardinal gave the order to continue, the gallery was far from full, and that after the Flemish envoys there had arrived new personages forming part of the cortege, whose names and ranks, shouted out in the midst of his dialogue by the intermittent cry of the usher, produced considerable ravages in it.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • envoys = representatives sent on a mission
  • Let us kneel down with joy And praise the kind deeds of his envoy.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • We are from a shepherd tribe, and envoys of heaven.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • "The second step you must take — and at once," Dumbledore pressed on, "is to send envoys to the giants."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Majestically sad, he sits in state, And bids his envoys their success relate.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • "Excuse me, abbe," said the envoy of the prefect of the police, "but the light tries my eyes very much."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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