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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•voyˈɛn vɔɪ, ˈɑn-(n.)

  1. a diplomatic representative ranking next below an ambassador.

    Category: Government

  2. a diplomatic representative sent on a special or temporary mission.

    Category: Government

  3. any accredited messenger or representative.

    Category: Government

Origin of envoy:

1635–45; < F envoyé envoy, n. use of ptp. of envoyer to send

en•voyˈɛn vɔɪ, ˈɑn-(n.)

or en•voi

  1. a short stanza concluding a poem, as a ballade, often containing a dedication or summary, or a similar postscript to a prose work.

    Category: Prosody, Literature

Origin of envoy:

1350–1400; ME envoye < OF, der. of envoyer to send; see envoy1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. envoy, envoy extraordinary, minister plenipotentiary(noun)

    a diplomat having less authority than an ambassador

  2. emissary, envoy(noun)

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

  3. envoy, envoi(noun)

    a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry


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  4. envoy(Noun)

    a short stanza at the end of a poem

Webster Dictionary

  1. Envoy(noun)

    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

  2. Envoy(noun)

    an explanatory or commendatory postscript to a poem, essay, or book; -- also in the French from, l'envoi


  1. Envoy

    In computing, Envoy was a proprietary portable document file format marketed by WordPerfect Corporation, created as a competitor for Acrobat Pro. It was introduced by Tumbleweed Communications Corporation in 1993 and shipped with WordPerfect Office in March 1994. An Envoy file could be created by the use of a special printer driver in WordPerfect. The resulting document could be viewed in a separate viewer application, the Envoy Distributable Viewer, which also worked as a web browser plugin. Unlike Adobe PDF, the file format was not publicly documented. Envoy failed to make any headway against PDF, and is largely now unused. Some have reported success in reading Envoy documents by printing to PostScript from the Envoy Distributable Viewer, then converting the PostScript file to a PDF. The PostScript file can also be viewed directly using a viewer such as GhostScript.

Translations for envoy

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a messenger, especially one sent to deal with a foreign government

He was sent to France as the king's envoy.

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