noun – EM-uh-sair-ee
1 : one designated as the agent of another : representative
2 : a secret agent
Did You Know?
An emissary is often a person who is sent somewhere in order to act as a representative. The key in that sentence is sent; emissary derives from Latin emissus, the past participle of the verb emittere, meaning “to send out.” By the early 17th century, it was a commonly seen and heard word. An earlier common emittere descendant is emit. In addition, emittere itself comes from Latin mittere (“to send”), which is an ancestor of many English words, including admit, commit, mission, omit, permit, premise, promise, and submit.
What relative of Latin mittere begins with “s” and refers to a thought or idea based on scanty evidence?
Answer in next week’s Word of the Week! From www.merriam-webster.com