en·​voi | \ ˈen-ˌvoi How to pronounce envoi (audio) , ˈän- How to pronounce envoi (audio) \
variants: or envoy

Definition of envoi

: the usually explanatory or commendatory concluding remarks to a poem, essay, or book especially : a short final stanza of a ballad serving as a summary or dedication

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Recent Examples on the Web An environmental envoi, perhaps, with Buzz washed up on a beach alongside other jetsam, or clogging the gullet of a whale? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Toy Story 4” Plays It Again," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of envoi

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for envoi

Middle English envoye, from Middle French envoi, literally, message, from Old French envei, from enveier to send on one's way, from Vulgar Latin *inviare, from Latin in- + via way — more at way

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“Envoi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envoi. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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