V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. an official representative acting as a diplomat on behalf of a higher authority; 2. in literature, the short stanza at the end of a poem

Synonyms: representative, delegate, diplomat, emissary, deputy, ambassador, agent, attaché


Tips: Envoy comes from the French envoyer, "to send." Nations often send an envoy to represent the country in lieu of sending the President or Prime Minister (or leader of the country). Envoy can refer to a single person or a group of people sent as representatives.

Usage Examples:

The President sent a special envoy to broker peace in the region. (diplomat, ambassador)

We need to send a management envoy of our top executives in order to save this account. (delegation, representation)

The Prime Minister felt that sending an envoy would not be enough; he wanted to attend the meeting personally. (representative, delegate)

The Prince's royal envoy was sent around the world on a mission of peace and goodwill. (emissary, attaché, ambassador)

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