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ENVOY, international law. In diplomatic language, an envoy is a minister of
the second rank, on whom his sovereign or government has conferred a degree
of dignity and respectability, which, without being on a level with an
ambassador, immediately follows, and among ministers, yields the preeminence
to him alone.
2. Envoys are either ordinary or extraordinary; by custom the latter is held in greater consideration. Vattel, liv. 4, c. 6, Sec. 72.