envoy

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.

Primary Meanings of envoy

1.
n
a diplomat having less authority than an ambassador
2.
n
a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry
Full Definitions of envoy
1

n a diplomat having less authority than an ambassador

Synonyms:
envoy extraordinary, minister plenipotentiary
Type of:
diplomat, diplomatist
an official engaged in international negotiations

n someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else

Synonyms:
emissary
Types:
legate, official emissary
a member of a legation
Type of:
representative
a person who represents others
2

n a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry

Synonyms:
envoi
Type of:
stanza
a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

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