En"voy (?), n. [F. envoy'e 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.]


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. [F. envoi, fr. envoyer to send.]

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. Skeat.


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