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[en-voi, ahn-] /ˈɛn vɔɪ, ˈɑn-/
noun
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.
Also, envoi.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English envoye < Old French, derivative of envoyer to send; see envoy1
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British Dictionary definitions for envoi

envoy2

/ˈɛnvɔɪ/
noun
1.
a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
2.
a postscript in other forms of verse or prose
Word Origin
C14: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy1

envoy1

/ˈɛnvɔɪ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
envoyship, 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
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Word Origin and History for envoi

envoy

n.

"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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Encyclopedia Article for envoi

the usually explanatory or commendatory concluding remarks to a poem, essay, or book. The term is specifically used to mean a short, fixed final stanza of a poem (such as a ballade) pointing the moral and usually addressing the person to whom the poem is written. Although they are most often associated with the ballade and chant royal-i.e., French poetic forms-envois have also been used by several English poets, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Robert Southey, and Algernon Charles Swinburne. The word is from the Middle French envoy, literally, "the act of sending or dispatching."

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