(redirected from envoys)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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.

References in classic literature ?
The envoy presented his letter of introduction, which the latter read with English coolness, and having finished, -- "I understand," said he, "perfectly."
"But," said the envoy, "you do not go about it in the right way to kill him, if I understand you correctly."
``The baffled envoy,'' continued Cedric, pursuing with animation his tale, though it interested not the listener, ``retreated, to carry to Tosti and his ally the ominous answer of his injured brother.
During the talks, Al-Araby briefed the envoys of the UN, European Union (EU), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), UN Security Council members, Turkey and Tunisia on the reasons for the delay of the Syrian opposition forum which was scheduled to be held here on Thursday, a league source said.
JERUSALEM, November 14, 2011 (WAFA) -- Quartet envoys meeting separately with Palestinian and Israeli officials in Jerusalem on Monday called on the parties to create a conducive environment for restarting negotiations, according to a statement issued by United Nations office in Jerusalem.
On the occasion of their joint visit to Kyrgyzstan, Miroslav Jenca, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and the Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia; Zhanybek Karibzhanov, the Special Envoy of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office; and Pierre Morel, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, made the following statement: The Special Envoys reaffirm their support to the endeavors to normalize the situation in the country, ensure security and opportunities for the people of Kyrgyzstan, provide assistance to the victims of recent violence, protect human rights including property rights, develop inter-ethnic dialogue, and engage in a process of national reconciliation.
The Japanese government on Tuesday named Uichiro Niwa, adviser to trading house Itochu Corp., as the country's new ambassador to China, as well as Shigekazu Sato and Masatoshi Muto as envoys to Australia and South Korea.
The main focus of the defter is on accession ceremonies, funerals, and, most importantly, the reception of foreign envoys.
Sergei Yakovlev, a Russian Foreign Ministry envoy for Middle East peacemaking, said the envoys "will discuss the situation in the region, the talks for the Quartet and plans of action for the future," Interfax reported.
Bush, urging the two leaders to appoint special envoys in order to avoid a potentially costly trade dispute between the two nations.
NASA principal Musalia Mudavadi has castigated foreign envoys over their "partisan stance on Kenyan politics".