envoy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n envoy a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry
    • n envoy someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
    • n envoy a diplomat having less authority than an ambassador
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Envoy An explanatory or commendatory postscript to a poem, essay, or book; -- also in the French from, l'envoi. "The envoy of a ballad is the “sending” of it forth."
    • Envoy 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • envoy To send.
    • n envoy Formerly, and sometimes still archaically, a postscript to a composition, particularly a ballade or other sentimental poem, to enforce or recommend it. It sometimes served as a dedication. As a title it was often, and is still occasionally, written with the French article, l'envoy or l'envoi (len-voi′ ).
    • n envoy Figuratively, termination; end.
    • n envoy 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. Formerly the word was usually applied to a public minister sent on a special occasion or for one particular purpose; hence an envoy was distinguished from an ambassador, or permanent resident at a foreign court, and was of inferior rank.
    • n envoy Synonyms See ambassador, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Envoy en′voi a messenger, esp. one sent to transact business with a foreign government: a diplomatic minister of the second order
    • n Envoy en′voi the concluding part of a poem or a book: the author's final words, esp. now the short stanza concluding a poem written in certain archaic metrical forms.
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Quotations

  • Sun Tzu
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    “When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. envoyé, envoy, fr. envoyer, to send; pref. en-,L. in,) + voie, way, L. via,: cf. F. envoi, an envoy (in sense 2). See Voyage, and cf. Invoice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. envoyeenvoiier, to send—en voie, on the way—L. in, on, via, a way.

Usage

In literature:

This interview took place on Good Friday, and the next day Bathy sent for the envoys, and told them they must go to the Emperor.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
In the month of January 1792, there arrived in London an envoy charged with important proposals from the French Government.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Sometimes he had to escort a foreign envoy.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Another American envoy sought help from Prussia.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Here the German envoys were loaded with gifts, and magnificently entertained during the next three weeks.
"Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497" by Julia Mary Cartwright
The envoy who had uttered the imprudent word was torn to pieces by their furious hands.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Every year it was sent to Delos with envoys to sacrifice to Apollo.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Hamilton, with his usual disinterestedness, relieved the president by advising him to choose, for the proposed envoy, Chief-Justice Jay.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Accordingly, the resolution was taken to admit no more heralds or envoys.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
The way to an alliance appeared now to open to the envoys.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
And the Cleves envoy shall eat this adorable monster.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
The Spanish envoys in Paris conferred daily with the chiefs of the old as of the new Fronde.
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
Behold, the envoy of the new gods!
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
About the end of April an envoy from the Shah arrived at Finkenstein.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Meantime the Cempoallan envoys were to be detained under pretence of assisting at a religious sacrifice.
"The True Story Book"
He did so, and the envoys explained to him the discouraging situation.
"Lafayette" by Martha Foote Crow
The envoy said nothing.
"The Olive Fairy Book" by Various
One was to the envoy whom he had sent to negotiate with the Mahrattas.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
This result was achieved by the process of turning the diet from an assembly of principals into a congress of envoys.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
The Jursan envoy was announced.
"The Envoy, Her" by Horace Brown Fyfe
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In poetry:

ENVOY
When an evil deed 's to do
Friar Lubin is stout and true;
Glimmers a ray of goodness through it,
Friar Lubin cannot do it.
"Friar Lubin. (From The French)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All afternoon, the guns fired on at random
And threatened soon to set the town aflame.
Then bearing a demand for the surrender,
Beneath a flag of truce, an envoy came.
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
The old lieutenant, feeling that his lameness
Might make the credit of his country fall,
Received the envoy haughtily and seated
Upon a bench beside the fortress wall.
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
ENVOY: From the jewelled circles where I indite
This song which my faithless tears make wet,
We trail the light till its gemmed rings smite
The shadow—that falleth! and spares us yet.
"Six Studies In Exotic Forms Of Verse" by Emily Pfeiffer
ALAS! for that voice which the envoy of Heaven,
In accents celestial, pour'd sweet on the ear,
That when the song ceas'd, to its spell it was giv'n,
Attention to fix, as still seeming to hear.
"How Canst Thou Doubt?" by Charlotte Dacre
ENVOY: Lord of our lives! Thou scornedst us that day
When at thy feet a scattered host we lay,
Behold us one! One mighty heart we bring
Strong for thy tasks, and level to thy sway:
This was a people who had lost their king!
"Six Studies In Exotic Forms Of Verse" by Emily Pfeiffer

In news:

United Nations envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi walks off stage after addressing the UN General Assembly, Sept 4, 2012.
In this April 11, 2011, file photo, US envoy Chris Stevens speaks to local media at the Tibesty Hotel where an African Union delegation was meeting with opposition leaders in Benghazi, Libya.
The White House said US Consulate security in Benghazi, Libya, was too little to stop a fatal attack that killed an envoy and three other government staffers.
Meanwhile, a government envoy is in Europe for talks about ending the fighting.
Syrian envoy denies aiding insurgency in Iraq.
International envoys renew effort to engage Iran.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Envoys in Dubai signed a new UN telecommunications treaty Friday that a U.S.-led delegation says endorses greater government control of the Internet .
United Arab Emirates Envoys in Dubai signed a new UN telecommunications treaty Friday that a U.S.-led delegation says endorses greater government control of the Internet .
Ivory Coast's president says that the papal envoy to Ivory Coast was killed in a traffic accident.
I vory Coast's president says that the papal envoy to Ivory Coast was killed in a traffic accident.
Ivory Coast 's president says that the papal envoy to Ivory Coast was killed in a traffic accident.
Horse owners like N.M. Kofi Annan quits gig as Syrian peace envoy because no one's got his back.
South Korean and Japanese officials confirmed that liftoff took place just before 10 am Japan's UN envoy called for a Security Council meeting.
JUBA, South Sudan — New security demands raised by Sudan are blocking the implementation of a peace and security deal between Sudan and South Sudan, the US special envoy said Friday during his last official visit to the region.
In this April 11, 2011, photo, US envoy Chris Stevens speaks to media in Benghazi, Libya.
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