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or en·voi

[en-voi, ahn-]
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  1. 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.
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Origin of envoy2

1350–1400; Middle English envoye < Old French, derivative of envoyer to send; see envoy1
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Historical Examples

  • The poem might also conclude with a half stanza or tornada, (French envoi).

    The Troubadours

    H.J. Chaytor

  • But as a writer reviews his own words, it is inevitable that some sort of envoi should present itself to his mind.

    To My Younger Brethren

    Handley C. G. Moule

  • Even in Modern English poetry the envoi has not quite gone out of use.

  • In Middle English poetry the envoi mostly serves the same purposes.

  • The scheme is a b a b c c d d e d E in the stanzas and d d e d E in the envoi.

British Dictionary definitions for envoi


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

Word Origin

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



  1. a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
  2. a postscript in other forms of verse or prose
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy 1
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Word Origin and History for envoi



"messenger," 1660s, from French envoyé "messenger," 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 to mean "a stanza of a poem sending it off to find readers" (late 14c.).

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