envoi

noun

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

Examples of envoi in a Sentence

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, 21 June 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of envoi was in the 14th century

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“Envoi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envoi. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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