1. 同源：way => -voy (w -> v, a -> o).
2. en- "on" + -voy => envoy "on the way" (在途中、在进行中).
3. 所以该词的字面含义为：one who has been sent on the way to carry out a mission (被派遣出去执行使命的人).
en-, 进入，使。-voy, 路，词源同via, way.
- envoy:  English has acquired envoy – literally ‘sent on one’s way’ – twice. The first time, it meant ‘final part of a poem’ (this is now usually spelled envoi); the second time (in the 17th century) it meant ‘diplomatic representative’. Both came from the past participle of the French verb envoyer ‘send’, which in turn was a descendant of late Latin inviāre ‘put on the way’, a compound based on the noun via ‘way’. Its plural formed the basis of invoice .
- envoy (n.)
- "messenger," 1660s, from French envoyé "messenger; a message; a sending; the postscript of a poem," literally "one sent" (12c.), noun use of past participle of envoyer "send," from Vulgar Latin *inviare "send on one's way," from Latin in "on" (see in- (2)) + via "road" (see via (adv.)). The same French word was borrowed in Middle English as envoi in the sense "stanza of a poem 'sending it off' to find readers" (late 14c.).
- 1. Edwin H. Conger was envoy extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
- 2. The President's envoy set off on another diplomatic trip.
- 3. Their envoy showed no sign of responding to our proposals.
- 4. The government has not yet appointed an envoy to the area.
- 5. A special peace envoy was sent to the area.
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