One dispatched upon an errand or mission; a messenger; esp., a person deputed by a sovereign or a government to negotiate a treaty, or transact other business, with a foreign sovereign or government; a minister accredited to a foreign government. An envoy's rank is below that of an ambassador.
- A representative of a government who is sent on a special diplomatic mission.
- A minister plenipotentiary assigned to a foreign embassy, ranking next below the ambassador.
- A messenger; an agent.
- A short closing stanza in certain verse forms, such as the ballade or sestina, dedicating the poem to a patron or summarizing its main ideas.
- The concluding portion of a prose work or a play.