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a. an agent or messenger sent on a mission, esp one who represents a government or head of state
b. (as modifier): an emissary delegation
2. (of veins) draining blood from sinuses in the dura mater to veins outside the skull



an agent or representative sent by one state to another on a specific, usually secret, mission. Modern international legal terminology pertaining to the relations between governmental bodies that deal with foreign affairs does not include the term “emissary,” since the mission of an emissary is not, as a rule, of an official nature.

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Dong had his emissary call up the head supervisor on the phone and offered P10 million to facilitate Dong's departure,' Marinas said.
Saraf, who heads the LJP's youth wing, said he has never gone to Geelani as an emissary of the NDA, BJP or Modi.
5 million (Dh548,333) for the release of a captured Red Cross worker last week, senior officials said, adding that the government has already chosen a new emissary to stop senior officials from fighting each other in handling the hostage crisis.
The President of the Republic has no problem sending any political leader as an emissary to any country -- even Mr Anastassiades to Turkey," Stefanou told a news briefing.
After a time, a fellow emissary from the Kingdom of Holland gave him a map.
Postings so far have included 2007 Pulitzer winner Hank Klibanoff of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writing about his visiting emissary, "Wordy," dining on chili dogs at Atlanta's famed Varsity eatery, and Bobbie Jo Buel of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson introducing doll "Mojo Max" to the southwest custom of "chugging Coronas" on a Friday evening.
The Muslim migrants were pursued by an emissary of the pagan Meccan oligarchy.
This supposedly trivial little get-together included an emissary from Beijing, which is holding an ever-increasing share of the paper on the debt that Washington has run up to carry out its CFR-designed foreign policy.
When his ships landed at Hispaniola on his third voyage, an over-zealous emissary from Spain threw him in prison for mismanagement of the colony and Columbus was returned to Spain in chains.
The newest emissary from Earth arrived at the Red Planet on March 10.
Each emissary, received a welcome packet of nine magazines-two years of quarterly issues plus our special science issue--to set up a mini-library in their office, thus creating an accessible place for Nieman Reports to be found and used by other faculty and students.
This explicitly links the role of the in-class emissary to Gere's concept of meta-language.