or en·voi

[ en-voi, ahn- ]
/ ˈɛn vɔɪ, ˈɑn- /


a short stanza concluding a poem in certain archaic metrical forms, as a ballade, and serving as a dedication, or a similar postscript to a prose composition.

Origin of envoy

1350–1400; Middle English envoye < Old French, derivative of envoyer to send; see envoy1
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British Dictionary definitions for envoi (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɛnvɔɪ) /


Formal name: envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary a diplomat of the second class, ranking between an ambassador and a minister resident
an accredited messenger, agent, or representative

Derived forms of envoy

envoyship, noun

Word Origin for envoy

C17: from French envoyé, literally: sent, from envoyer to send, from Vulgar Latin inviāre (unattested) to send on a journey, from in- ² + via road

British Dictionary definitions for envoi (2 of 2)



/ (ˈɛnvɔɪ) /


a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
a postscript in other forms of verse or prose

Word Origin for envoy

C14: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy 1
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