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estafette

[es-tuh-fet]
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noun
  1. a mounted courier.
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Origin of estafette

1785–95; < French < Italian staffetta, diminutive of staffa stirrup < Germanic (cf. stapes); see -ette
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  • Estafette, we believe, is the proper term, but the military couriers of that period were always called videttes by the citizens.

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    Eliza Leslie

  • At that moment Dulac entered the room with a packet of letters just arrived from Paris by estafette.

  • An estafette came with an order to evacuate the plateau, and to save the artillery.

  • An estafette, a gendarme, arrived with a telegram; the usher signed a receipt for it.