Definition of emissary in English:



  • A person sent on a special mission, usually as a diplomatic representative.

    • ‘After the marriage date is set, the groom sends out emissaries to personally invite friends and relatives to the wedding.’
    • ‘Queen Anne had sent emissaries through Protestant Europe seeking people willing to move.’
    • ‘This is not the time for striking back-room political deals, nor the time to send emissaries to our enemies.’
    • ‘In its place, he sent his emissary to negotiate a plan for greater autonomy.’
    • ‘UN emissaries sent there had found that the camps were filthy and disease-ridden, not fit for human habitation.’
    • ‘Kings and Emperors traditionally corresponded by messenger - their emissaries and couriers have always been subject to special protection.’
    • ‘An emissary was sent to Suva, to relay first-hand that nothing could be done.’
    • ‘The British sent emissaries here to promote trade.’
    • ‘He sent his agents, emissaries to her with fabulous temptations but the virtuous 1ady rebuffed them, one and all.’
    • ‘Through the night, Rais received emissaries sent to persuade him to call off the demonstration.’
    • ‘King Torva sent an emissary to find out what was going on.’
    • ‘Between 1960 and 1968, various emissaries were sent to try and persuade him to join government service in the new government but he refused.’
    • ‘He reaches the walls of the city, and the Romans, to save it from destruction, send emissaries, old friends of Coriolanus, to propose terms, but in vain.’
    • ‘More importantly, he actually sent an emissary to Pakistan.’
    • ‘All activities and combat operations of the militants are coordinated via emissaries who are sent to various places and points of action.’
    • ‘His status was important enough that he was even sent as an emissary to France to find a suitable mid-wife for the queen.’
    • ‘Do not fear, he has sailed as far as the Eastern continent, where I sent him as an emissary to the Tardonian colonies.’
    • ‘To underline the point, he is sending emissaries to key countries in Europe and Asia, and Australia, for consultations.’
    • ‘He sent out his emissaries to collect all the most advanced astronomical instruments that were being used by 18th century Europeans and Islamic astronomers.’
    • ‘He has sent emissaries both to Washington and to Baghdad to try to convince all parties involved to avoid that war.’
    envoy, ambassador, diplomat, delegate, attaché, legate, consul, plenipotentiary, minister
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Early 17th century: from Latin emissarius ‘scout, spy’, from emittere ‘send out’ (see emit).