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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.
Macdonell, of Alexandria, County, applying for a Confederation medal for Sir Hugh Guion Macdonell, K.C.M.G., C.B., Her Majesty's Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Portugal.
Indeed, as early as 1924, Timothy Smiddy was accredited as Ireland's first Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the United States of America, a step which prompted other dominions to make diplomatic appointments of their own.