From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Envoy \En"voy\, n. [F. envoy['e] envoy, fr. envoyer to send;
   pref. en- (L. in) + voie way, L. via: cf. F. envoi an envoy
   (in sense 2). See Voyage, and cf. Invoice.]
   1. 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
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   2. [F. envoi, fr. envoyer to send.] An explanatory or
      commendatory postscript to a poem, essay, or book; -- also
      in the French from, l'envoi.
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            The envoy of a ballad is the "sending" of it forth.
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