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envoy2

[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 envois

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

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
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Word Origin and History for envois
envoy
c.1660, from Fr. envoyé "messenger," lit. "one sent," n. use of pp. of envoyer "send," from V.L. *inviare "send on one's way," from L. in "on" + via "road." The same word was borrowed in M.E. to mean "a stanza of a poem sending it off to find readers" (late 14c.).
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