Word of the Day : October 25, 2020
emissary \EM-uh-sair-ee\ noun
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.
Aired October 25, 2020
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