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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.
  • Iran's top envoy to the United Nations nuclear agency dismissed the accusation.
  • The envoy asked for an extension of the peace talks.
  • The State Department's new envoy to North Korea has a good understanding of the region.
  • 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
  • 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
  • The envoy's life proceeded along the tracks laid down for him, and it seemed inconceivable it could have proceeded any other way.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • One was George Bush, who had just finished serving as the first U.S. envoy to China after President Richard Nixon's visit in 1972.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • That afternoon the dour Braavosi envoy turned up for his audience.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Matron got the British and Indian embassies to promise to send their envoys in the morning.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The envoy had indeed good reason to hang his head.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Some enigma, some riddle: come, thy l'envoy; begin.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • 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
  • With Franceand America now joined in common cause, he was no longer the envoy of a friendly nation but of an ally.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Sometimes they did, when Father had to dine with the king or some lord or the envoys from this place or that place.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Some years later, when Lord Farman of Faircastle grew truculent, Lord Tywin sent an envoy bearing a lute instead of a letter.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords

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