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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.

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Unlike Cushing, Burlingame had the more exalted title of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary.
Her Majesty's Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Portugal, under the following circumstances.
Kiyoshi Araki, Japan's minister to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris since August 2000, became envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the OECD.
The Right Honourable Sir Julian Pauncefote (1828-1902), created Lord Pauncefote of Preston in 1899, was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to the United States of America from 1889 until 1893, being upgraded to Ambassador there from 1893 until his death in 1902.