An envoy is someone sent out as a messenger to represent another person or group, such as a country or business.

The saying "Don't kill the messenger" could easily be "Don't kill the envoy," because an envoy is a messenger. The U.S. government has many envoys, as do other countries and many organizations and businesses. In government, an envoy has much less power than an ambassador. The word envoy is also used to describe a brief postscript in poetry or prose that explains or ties up the previous piece before “sending it to readers,” so that’s messenger-like too.

Definitions of envoy
  1. noun
    a diplomat having less authority than an ambassador
    synonyms: envoy extraordinary, minister plenipotentiary
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    type of:
    diplomat, diplomatist
    an official engaged in international negotiations
  2. noun
    someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
    synonyms: emissary
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    legate, official emissary
    a member of a legation
    type of:
    a person who represents others
  3. noun
    a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry
    synonyms: envoi
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    type of:
    a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
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